British Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya joked that he was what the royal family ‘feared Harry and Meghan’s baby would look like’ when he first hosted Saturday Night Live last night.
In their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, Harry and Meghan claimed that a member of the family – not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh – had expressed concern about Archie’s skin.
The royal family’s name has yet to be made public, and the comments sparked a wave of speculation and controversy.
Now, Kaluuya, who was born in London to Ugandan parents, referenced the claim during his SNL opening monologue.
He said, ‘First of all, I know you hear my accent and think’ oh no, he’s not black, he’s British ‘.
Let me assure you I’m black. I am black and I am British. Actually, I am what the royals feared the baby would look like. ‘
Daniel Kaluuya, who was born in London to Ugandan parents, joked that he is what ‘the royal family worried Archie would look like’
In their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, Harry and Meghan claimed that a member of the family – not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh – had expressed concern about Archie’s skin
During the bombshell interview with Oprah, Meghan accused a member of the royal family of being ‘concerned’ about ‘how dark’ her son Archie’s skin would be before he was born, because she is mixed race and Harry is white.
The Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her second child, also described her ‘pain’ that officials had denied Archie the title of prince and accused Buckingham Palace of failing to protect him by denying him 24/7 security.
Prince William claimed the royal family is “not racist at all,” as he was questioned about the interview during a public engagement a few days after the airing.
The Queen later responded with a very personal message that while “some memories vary,” the issues raised, particularly those of race, were “concerning” and would be taken seriously.
Racism, which Prince Harry said was a driving factor in their decision to leave the country, was a major theme of Kaluuya’s hosting of SNL yesterday.
He added: ‘People ask me which is worse: British racism or American racism. Let me put it this way: British racism is so bad that white people are left behind. They wanted to be free, free to create their own kind of racism.
“That’s why they invented Australia, South Africa and Boston.”
32-year-old Kaluuya, discussing his Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah, also reminded viewers of the technical issues that marred his acceptance speech during the virtual ceremony.
Kaluuya referenced the claim last night during his SNL opening monologue – with racism a major theme at the show
The Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her second child, also described her ‘pain’ that officials had refused Archie the title of prince.
He said, ‘I was muffled! Can you believe it? I told the best joke of my life and was amazed. ‘
Kaluuya, who has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Bafta and an Oscar, nodded to his escape role in Get Out and said, “I felt like I was in a sunken place!”
In the first sketch, he was a game show host and a doctor who asked his black relatives about their reluctance to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
Kaluuya also starred as a YouTube prankster in a sketch that sent out influencers’ apology videos and played a Nigerian father furious with his son switching his studies from medicine to creative writing.
Told that the world needs poets, Kaluuya’s character replied sarcastically, “If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the pandemic, it’s that the world needs more poets.”
Musical guest St Vincent sang the songs Pay Your Way In Pain and The Melting Of The Sun.
SNL’s traditional cold open again was comedian Chloe Fineman as Britney Spears fronting the talk show Oops, You Did It Again.
It sparked controversy around Lil Nas X and his satanic music video for Montero (Call Me By Your Name) and the ‘cancellation’ of cartoon character Pepe Le Pew. The cartoon skunk has been accused of perpetuating rape culture and has been left out of the upcoming hybrid live-action animated movie Space Jam: A New Legacy.