In news that I am absolutely chortling over, Buckingham Palace is reviewing its diversity policies across all royal households. Can’t imagine why!
Royal sources told the BBC that the Palace already has policies and procedures in place, but believe they haven’t made much of a dent (in the Palace’s long, long history of being fucking atrocious to anyone that didn’t fit their mould).
The review will aim to improve representation at Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace, as well as LGBTQIA+ and disability representation.
Another source told ITV that the Palace is looking to appoint a “diversity chief” as “more needs to be done” to address the issue.
The proposal apparently has the “full support” of the royal family.
Believe it or not, but the new diversity review has apparently been in the works since before the Duke and Duchess’ interview with Oprah Winfrey.
In Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s bombshell interview with Oprah, Meghan revealed someone in the royal family raised concerns over “how dark” baby Archie‘s skin colour would be.
“[There were] concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” Meghan told Oprah, who stared at her in shock.
The Queen has responded to the allegation of racism, saying in a statement that “the whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.”
The statement continued: “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are very concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
In totally unrelated news, Prince Charles spent his first public appearance since his son and daughter-in-law’s interview touring a Black majority church in the UK.
Prince Charles was photographed visiting a vaccine pop-up clinic at the Jesus House Church in north London.
The heir apparent to the British throne has visited the church once before in 2007.
People couldn’t help but wonder if this was just a coincidence, or an awful attempt at damage control.