PUBLISHED: 10:18, Mon, Oct 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:04, Mon, Oct 26, 2020
Prince Harry confessed he has lived most of his life unaware of unconscious bias as he spoke to activist Patrick Hutchinson. The Duke of Sussex spoke about his "upbringing and education" and how it didn't help him to realise many people in the UK hold social stereotypes.
He said: "And unconscious bias, from my understanding, having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was.
"I had no idea it existed. And then, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realise it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife's shoes."
Unconscious biases occur when people instinctively favour others who look like them or share the same values and, in turn, retain social stereotypes about groups of people different from them.
Speaking about the need to hold a discussion at a national level on racism and bias in the country, Prince Harry added he doesn't judge people for holding unconscious bias as they are unaware of it.
Prince Harry spoke about unconscious bias in a recent video (Image: GETTY/GQ)
Prince Harry took part in the chat from his home in California (Image: GQ)
He said: "And no one's blaming anybody. That's the way that I look at it. No one's pointing the fingers.
"You can't really point fingers, especially when it comes to unconscious bias.
"But once you realise or you feel a little bit uncomfortable, then the onus is on you to go out and educate yourself, because ignorance is no longer an excuse."
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Prince Harry said Meghan Markle helped him understand what unconscious bias is (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry took part in a 40 minute-long conversation - recorded for the GQ Heroes conference - with activist Mr Hutchinson, who became famous across the country in June, in the wake of a Black Lives Matter protest in London.
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