Queen Elizabeth II Supports The Black Lives Matter Movement, According To A Representative
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Queen Elizabeth II is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, according to a representative.
Sir Ken Olisa, the first black Lord-Lieutenant for London and a spokesperson for Her Majesty, told Channel 4 that the topic has been discussed in Buckingham Palace and the British Royal family is on board.
"I have discussed with the royal household this whole issue of race particularly in the last 12 months since the George Floyd incident," Sir Ken said.
"It's a hot conversation topic. The question is what more can we do to bind society to remove these barriers.
"They [the royals] care passionately about making this one nation bound by the same values."
When asked whether they back the BLM movement, he added: "The answer is easily yes."
The Royal Family was thrown into turmoil earlier this year after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's highly publicised interview with Oprah Winfrey.
During their chat, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex explained how someone in the family expressed concern about what colour skin their first born son, Archie, would have.
They refused to say who it was, however insisted it wasn't the Queen or the late Prince Phillip.
The couple added that that wasn't the only racial issue they have endured since Meghan started dating Prince Harry.
The revelation sparked a massive conversation about the Royal family's attitudes to race.
Prince William was the first to be publicly asked about the topic and the Duke of Cambridge insisted 'we're very much not a racist family'.
Charles Anson, who worked for the Queen from 1990 to 1997, also hit back at allegations that the family was racist.
"I don't think there's a strand of racism within the royal household at all," Anson told the BBC. "I think it's much more, not even in the main print and broadcast media, I think such racism that exists tends to be most active on social media and individuals."
Days after the high-profile interview with Oprah, Buckingham Palace eventually released a statement of its own.
"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan," it said.
"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are 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."