The Queen and the royal family are supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, one of Her Majesty’s representatives has said.
The first black Lord-Lieutenant for London, Sir Ken Olisa, revealed to Channel 4 that he had discussed the topic of racism with members of the royal household in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in the U.S.
In an interview with the broadcaster, he said, “I have discussed with the royal household this whole issue of race particularly in the last 12 months since the George Floyd incident.
“It’s a hot conversation topic. The question is what more can we do to bind society to remove these barriers. They (the royals) care passionately about making this one nation bound by the same values.”
Asked if the palace support BLM, Sir Ken said, “The answer is easily yes.”
During the programme called Black To Front which is to be aired on Friday at 7 p.m and be produced by an all-black presenting and reporting team, Sir Ken also said the Queen had sought his advice after the Grenfell fire on whether to visit the site of the tragedy.
He said he advised the palace to go, but added, “I remember thinking as it all happened, it was quite scary, we didn’t know whether she would be booed or have things thrown at her, etc and when she got out of the car all these people applauded.”
It comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex accused the royal family of racism in their Oprah Winfrey interview earlier this year.
Meghan said an unnamed royal – not the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh – raised concerns with Harry about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone might be before he was born.