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Web Desk
June 24, 2021

Royal family admits they ‘must do more’ to improve ethnic diversity at Palace

Web Desk
Thu, Jun 24, 2021

The claims made by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry about the royal family being racist, have finally been admitted by the Buckingham Palace.

During their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had accused the British royal family of being racist.

The Palace confessed now, months later, that it “must do more” to bring about diversity within the staff of the royal fold.

Following the explosive claims made by the pair, the Palace released its annual financial accounts for 2020-2021 where the proportion for ethnic minority employees stood at 8.5% with their target to raise it up to 10% by next year.

A senior palace source said that the numbers were made public so there could be “no place to hide” and the royal household could be held responsible given progress remains stunted behind Palace doors.

"We are not where we would like to be despite our efforts," said the insider.

"It is not that we have not been progressing diversity and inclusion initiatives during this period, it is that simply the results have not been what we would like,” they went on to say.

"We have continuous engagement with external advisers, organisations that are at the grassroots level who sit on our steering committee, people who are able to give us a different voice, a different perspective,” they continued.

"And we recognise that we must do more. One of the key points about the publishing of our statistics, which is actually on a voluntary basis, is that there's no place to hide.

"We fully expect you to come back and hold us accountable for the progress that we made. And if we don't make the progress, we'll have to explain why,” the source shared.