‘I understand 100%’: Ashley Banjo says he was ‘not shocked’ by Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview because they had an ‘eye-opening chat’ with him before… while he teases a new project
Ashley Banjo has revealed he was “not shocked” by the bomb revelations made during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview in March.
Ashley, 32 – who had a phone call with the royals after Diversity’s BAFTA-winning Black Lives Matter appearance on Britain’s Got Talent in September – said: ‘Look at their actions to look after each other and protect their little family and I understand 100%.’
In Friday’s Lorraine, he added: “There were a lot of things that shocked people in their interview with Oprah. I think I was less shocked by our conversation, we had a very long conversation and it was a real eye-opener for me.’
Candid: Ashley Banjo, 32, revealed in Lorraine on Friday that he was ‘not shocked’ by the revelations made during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview in March
He continued, “I’m really inspired by both of them, the way they’ve treated themselves.”
Ashley also told host Lorraine Kelly that the royals are “just normal people.”
The loving father continued, “They’re just normal people. They live a slightly different life than we do, but they’re only human.’
During their amazing Oprah interview, Meghan, 39, revealed that a member of the royal family – whom she declined to name – had expressed “concern” about how dark the skin of her and Harry’s two-year-old son Archie might be when he was born. born.
Chat: The Diversity star had a phone conversation with the royal family following the dance troupe’s Black Lives Matter appearance on Britain’s Got Talent in September
Last week, the royals announced the birth of their daughter, Lilibet Diana.
On Thursday, the dancer revealed that a future project with the Sussexes may be in the works following his recent BAFTA win.
Talk about FUBAR Radios Access to all areasAshley said shyly, “I think the paths will cross someday, I’m not sure how.
Ashley added: “There were a lot of things that shocked people in their interview with Oprah. I think I was less shocked by our conversation, we had a very long conversation”
“There have been a few conversations, but yes. I hope our paths cross. That’s all I’m going to say. Keep it a secret as they say.’
Ashley hit it off with the pair, joking that they’re “buddies now,” adding, “We have a lot of similarities, things we both talk about.”
Co-host Bobby Norris joked that their blossoming friendship could lead to one-on-one dance lessons in the future, to which Ashley said, “You know what? I’ve heard Harry can break a move, so maybe. You just know he’s a party animal. You know he can come down.’
Oprah: During their bombshell interview in March, Meghan revealed that a member of the royal family had expressed ‘concerns’ about how dark the skin of her and Harry’s son Archie might be
Shortlisted: Diversity’s controversial Black Lives Matter routine on Britain’s Got Talent (pictured) sparked 24,000 complaints to media watchdog Ofcom
Ashley and the rest of Diversity were inundated with horrific abuse following Diversity’s BLM routine, which led to more than 25,000 complaints to Ofcom.
The dancer said the call from the royals at the time was “deeply needed” as he was going through a “dark period.”
He said, “At the time, the conversation was really necessary. It was just one of many conversations I had that helped me through such a deep, dark period.’
Ashley discussed the struggles he was feeling at the time: “You feel like you’re on social media that so many people like.
“So any message of positivity with people’s support made all the difference between me thinking the whole country was against diversity and thinking there was a majority.
‘That was mainly due to the phone calls and the messages and the reactions of the people who were there. So I’m eternally grateful to them.’
Success: Ashley and Diversity won this year’s 2020 Must See TV Moment at the BAFTA awards for their BLM performance (pictured with brother Jordan)