Ethnic minority Britons believe the royal family is racist, YouGov poll reveals

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Ethnic minority Britons believe royal family is racist and 43% don’t want monarchy to last – but 67% love the queen, YouGov poll reveals

  • A poll found that 43 percent of ethnic minority Britons believe the royal family is racist
  • Of the general UK population, 55 percent believe that royals are not racist, YouGov found
  • Research found that 67 percent of non-white voters thought positively about the queen

A relative majority of Britons from ethnic minorities believe the royal family is racist, a YouGov survey found.

The poll found that 43 percent of non-white voters believe the family has racist views, while 27 believed they were “ not a racist family, ” as Prince William recently said.

A survey of the wider population found that overall, 55 percent of the UK believe the royals are not racist, with 20 percent believing they are, The times reports.

The survey, conducted days after Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, asked 504 people from ethnic minority backgrounds whether the UK should “ continue to have a monarchy in the future, ” with 43 percent saying yes, but 40 percent chose an elected head of state instead.

Prince Harry, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey, in an interview aired March 7

Prince Harry, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey, in an interview aired March 7

Nearly half, 49 percent, of those polled said they believed Prince Harry and Meghan had been unfairly treated by the royals. While 24 percent said they had fair treatment.

During the interview, The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah that a relative of Harry’s asked him ‘how dark’ their unborn child would be and said Archie was a ‘problem’ for the royals after Oprah asked her if they were concerned about their unborn child. son would be ‘too brown’.

The former Suits star said she wouldn’t name the person because it would be ‘too harmful’ for them. But she confirmed that her husband was asked the question – “how dark his skin can be when he is born” – “by family.”

Meghan then said that Archie may have been refused the title of prince because he is mixed race, but he was never told that. The Duke of Sussex was also asked to identify the culprit but said he was uncomfortable discussing it.

Queen Elizabeth II watches the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.  May 2018

Queen Elizabeth II watches the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.  May 2018

Queen Elizabeth II watches the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. May 2018

Anthony Wells, director of YouGov, said The times: “Our research into the views of ethnic minorities suggests that the royal family needs to fix a number of fences.”

He added that there was a negative perception of Charles and Camilla among ethnic minority voters, the Queen, Prince William and Kate, “all of whom have strong positive reviews.”

The survey found that 67 percent of non-white voters thought positively about the queen, the paper reports.

Earlier this month, William became the first senior royal to directly address Harry and Meghan’s string of allegations in their explosive interview.

Prince William insisted the royals were “not a racist family at all,” as he and his wife Kate attended a school in East London to support a youth mental health service.

The Mail On Sunday revealed last week that The Queen will boost the palace’s diversity initiative by appointing a diversity tsar to modernize the monarchy.

Sources say the proposed move is an acknowledgment that ‘more needs to be done’ to defend minority rights and follows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive claims about institutional racism.

As part of a major campaign that includes Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace, assistants will undertake a ‘listen and learn’ exercise over the next few weeks, speaking with a range of businesses and individuals about how the monarchy can improve representation. improve.

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