Royal Family News: Racism Controversy Looms Over Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Boston Trip
Royal Family news reveals that as Prince William and Kate Middleton get set to attend the annual Earthshot Prize Awards, more racism controversy on the home front threatens to overshadow it all. Read on and we’ll give you the low down.
Royal Family News: Prince William Attempts Damage Control
Royal Family news reveals that, according to PBS News Hour, Prince William’s office has made it clear that “racism has no place in our society.” This comes as the prince is seeking to avoid the backlash, from renewed allegations of racism within the Royal Family, overshadowing his first trip to the United States since his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II passed away.
The accused, Lady Susan Hussey, 83, who was reportedly the Queen’s favorite lady-in-waiting, resigned Wednesday from her honorary position in the royal household after the CO of an east London women’s refuge said Hussey grilled her about where “she really came from” despite the fact that she told the older woman that she was British by birth – repeatedly (via AP News).
Prince William’s Godmother Apologizes for Hurt Caused
It went down during a reception at the palace for people working to end violence against women, and coverage of the issue filled British airwaves, eventually making its way across the pond, overshadowing a much-anticipated visit the Prince of Wales had hoped would highlight his environmental credentials and demonstrate the continued relevancy of the monarchy.
Shortly after Will and Kate arrived in The City on a Hill for a three-day visit a spokesman for the prince began doing damage control, making sure to point out that the offending party had resigned from her long-held position in the royal household and apologized “for the hurt caused.”
Relevancy of Monarchy Still in Question
Responding to the incident, William’s Kensington Palace said the comments were “unacceptable” and “it’s right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect.” Despite that, the incident has reignited allegations of “institutional racism” within the royal family and on that very day, the Prince and Princess of Wales arrived in Boston to begin their three-day visit.
While the visit is focused on William’s initiative to support entrepreneurs who are working on new solutions to combat looming climate change and other environmental problems, the royal couple is also trying to show the continued relevance of the monarchy in an inclusive, multicultural world.
This incident recalls last year’s comments made by Meghan Markle in an interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey. At that time, Markle, who herself is biracial, alleged that a member of the Royal Family had inquired about the color of her unborn baby’s skin.
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