by Danica Kirka | The Associated Press
LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family support the Black Lives Matter movement, a senior representative said in a televised interview on Friday.
Philanthropist Kenneth Olissa, Greater London’s first Black Lord lieutenant, told Channel 4 News that he had discussed the issue with members of the royal family since George Floyd died in police custody in the United States last year after a racial slur. There was a global outcry over the injustice.
Asked if he supported the movement, the philanthropist and businessman, who is the monarch’s personal representative in Greater London, said: “The answer is easily yes.”
“I have discussed this whole issue of race with the Royal House, especially since the George Floyd incident over the past 12 months,” he said in interview excerpts released before the broadcast. “It is a topic of heated conversation. The question is, what else can we do to bind the society to overcome these barriers. They (the royals) are working diligently to make this one nation bound by common values. care.”
The comments come as Buckingham Palace struggles to counter suggestions of racism raised by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, also known as Prince Harry and Meghan, during a March interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Meghan, who is biracial, said an unnamed member of the royal family had raised “concerns” about her baby’s skin color before giving birth to her first child. The couple also alleged that Meghan was subjected to harsh treatment during her time as a working royal.
Harry’s older brother Prince William was forced to respond after reporters questioned him during a school visit in East London.
“We’re not very much a racist family,” said William as his wife, Kate, went by his side.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal duties earlier this year and moved to California.