The duke and duchess of Sussex are on the path to significant change as they demanded an end to ‘structural racism’ in Britain.
In an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard today to mark the start of Black History Month, Prince Harry described his “awakening” to issues faced by black people after meeting his biracial wife, Meghan. He explained, “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.”
They revealed their list of BHM NextGenTrailblazers ( Black History Month Next Generation Of Trailblazers), recognized for challenging prejudice in the British society. The selected people were nominated by prominent figures from the Black, Asian, and minority ethnic- BAME community. They include: Rugby Star Maro Itoje, Vogue editor Edward Enninful, and Booker prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo.
The publication of the list comes at a crucial period following the killing of George Floyd by white US Police officers in May.
Meanwhile, Meghan Markle praised the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the death, calling them “beautiful” but clarified that this only applied to peaceful protests adding that the demonstrations have been “inflammatory for a lot of people.”
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 color who do not start their lives with the same equality of opportunity as their white peers.”
The couple have faced a lot of backlash since their resignation from the royal family in January. Harry acknowledged in the interview that their views “may seem controversial.”