Prince Harry reveals his 'awakening' at issues faced by black people

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today demanded an end to 'structural racism' in Britain.

In a wide-ranging interview from their £11million California mansion, Prince Harry revealed his 'awakening' to issues faced by black people after meeting his wife.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle praised Black Lives Matter protests in America after the death of George Floyd as 'beautiful' - but said this only applied to 'peaceful protest' and admitted many people found them 'inflammatory'. 

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Harry also weighed on Diversity's controversial BLM dance routine and said he was 'surprised' by the negative comments it had received.  

In an article written to coincide with the interview, the couple said: 'For as long as structural racism exists, there will be generations of young people of colour who do not start their lives with the same equality of opportunity as their white peers. And for as long as that continues, untapped potential will never get to be realised.' 

The interview is the latest in a long series of political interventions by the couple, including last week when Harry weighed in on the US election by urging voters to 'reject hate speech'.   

The comments - which broke royal protocol - were widely interpreted as a call to vote out Donald , and prompted Buckingham Palace to immediately distance themselves from Harry by noting he was 'not working member of the Royal Family'.  

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex called for an end to structural racism in Britain in an interview today with the Evening Standard

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex called for an end to structural racism in Britain in an interview today with the Evening Standard

Harry, 36, said he had become more aware of the issue of racism after marrying his wife, 39. 

He said: 'Because I wasn't aware of so many of the issues and so many of the problems within the UK and also globally as well. I thought I did but I didn't.'

'You know, when you go in to a shop with your children and you only see white dolls, do you even think: 'That's weird, there is not a black doll there?' And I use that as just one example of where we as white people don't always have the awareness of what it must be like for someone else of a different coloured skin, of a black skin, to be in the same situation as we are where the world that we know has been created by white people for white people.'

'It is not about pointing the finger, it is not about blame. I will be the first person to say, again, this is about learning. And about how we can make it better. I think it is a really exciting time in British culture and British history, and in world culture. This is a real moment that we should be grasping and actually celebrating. Because no one else has managed to do this before us.'

The Prince said he had spoken to Diversity leader Ashley Banjo to offer his support after the troupe's Black Lives Matter themed dance on Britain's Got Talent sparked 24,500 to Ofcom.  

'We spoke to Ashley Banjo a few weeks ago, straight after the Britain's Got Talent situation,' he said. 'And that in itself, I am sure even me talking about it will be controversial, but the reality of it is he and his team of guys put on the most amazing display.

'We had such a good chat with Ashley. He was really strong, he felt great about it, but at the same time he was concerned because of the reaction. It was a real surprise that there was what? 1,100 complaints after the show and then three days of hype it became 20 or 25,000. I am very glad Ofcom made the decision that they did but that in itself kind of proves how much this conversation needs to continue.' 

The couple's interview comes at a key moment for race issues around the world after the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd by a US policeman sparked a wave of protest. 

The demonstrations turned violent in many countries and led to riots, looting and street skirmishes with police.

Asked for her views on the BLM protests, Meghan admitted they had been 'inflammatory for a lot of people'. 

She continued: 'But when there is just peaceful protest and when there is the intention of just wanting community and just wanting the recognition of equality, then that is a beautiful thing. 

'While it has been challenging for a lot of people certainly having to make this reckoning of historical significance that has got people to the place that they are, that is uncomfortable for people. We recognise that. It is uncomfortable for us.' 

Harry spoke of how he had become more aware of issues of racial discrimination in society and questioned how far Britain had progressed. 

The prince said they although London was celebrated as one of world's most diverse cities, 'If you actually get out on to the streets and talk to people, it doesn't feel as diverse as it actually is.

'Therefore, now is the best time for us to be able to use our platform and you use your platform as well so we can actually start a conversation and introduce people to the black community that are making a massive difference within their own communities and across the UK as a whole as well.' 

The couple recently moved into a £11million mansion in Santa Barbara after breaking with the Royal Family and leaving the UK.  

Meghan said the couple were 'doing well' and enjoying life with their baby, Archie. 

She said: 'We are very lucky with our little one. He is just so busy, he is all over the place. He keeps us on our toes. We are just so lucky.

'Everyone has been accustomed to what it means to be distanced. The impact of that, whether it is across the Pond or across town, you are still for the most part through a computer screen. We have all had to adapt to how we can have the most impact as possible within the constraints of what has happening with Covid-19. Like all of you, we are doing the best that we can and hoping that our passion and our commitment is still felt as it certainly hasn't wavered.'

Harry said he was coping with being away from Britain by using Zoom to stay in touch with people at home.   

'Everything has been through video, everything has been in a room, somewhere,' he said. 'Actually it

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