Prince Harry has put out a video apologising for ‘endemic racism’ in society and saying that not enough has been done for younger generations to make society a fairer place.
Echoing a recent speech made by wife Meghan Markle, Harry condemned previous generations for not working hard enough to ‘right the wrongs of the past’:
NEW: Prince Harry says institutional racism is “endemic” and pledges to tackle it.
In a video message to the @DianaAward ceremony, he said: “Institutional racism has no place in our societies. Yet it is still endemic”.
🎥 WATCH 👇 #BlackLivesMatter #blm pic.twitter.com/5VwxWZ8AHL
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) July 1, 2020
A sentiment I’m sure everyone can get behind, except some people didn’t take too kindly to one of the most privileged men in the world lecturing them about systemic racism and found the whole thing hypocritical, among other things:
If there was even the slightest glimmer of progressivism in the current anti-racism hysteria, you’d think the royals would’ve been cancelled now.
This man sleeps in palaces decorated by colonial plunder and owes his status to the accident of genetics.
Call out yourself. https://t.co/dGZbNSaQPL
— Fraser Myers (@FraserMyers) July 1, 2020
This dude is singlehandedly going to bring about the end of the monarchy in Britain. No-one wants to be lectured about “systematic oppression” from people who grew up in castles with butlers https://t.co/OZghWVBifg
— Claire Lehmann (@clairlemon) July 1, 2020
The same guy who dressed up as a Nazi for fun talks about “unconscious bias” now. https://t.co/lv8wLkqDod
— Amir Sariaslan (@AmirSariaslan) July 1, 2020
Translation : The source of all privilege and inequality is CLASS, not race. But we would prefer you cattle not to discuss this. If you ever united against the privileged classes we’d be in big trouble. This is why we invented identity politics. Kindly keep on dividing yourselves
— Willow Wise #KBF Privilege is a class issue (@WillowWyse) July 1, 2020
It’s a hostage video. Poor guy.
— Michael Brendan Dougherty (@michaelbd) July 2, 2020
This is especially insulting to people as in addition to saying that everyone must acknowledge their unconscious bias, he is also saying “as evidenced by my black wife, I have transcended my unconscious bias“.
Now he’s committed to help cleanse the rest of us sinners.
— Billy Hill (@Billy___Hill) July 1, 2020
I totally understand that you have your balls in a vice just out of shot and you spent ages learning the script, but how about a message of support for the British people, who have supported you so wholeheartedly, at this extremely challenging time. https://t.co/ypOtbYhsYN
— Laurence Fox (@LozzaFox) July 1, 2020
Literally the inbred offspring poster child of systemic racism and white privilege. 🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/Isqpd9jwfU
— Douglas Karr (@douglaskarr) July 1, 2020
Direct from his California exile in a $15 million mansion, the princes of wokeness has taken time out to tell us what his wife thinks. Thanks a lot.
— Creative Deduction (@CreativeDeduct) July 1, 2020
I am so confused. We have a man who has butlers telling a load of people who’ve never owned any that his wife who is a multi-millionaire former A list celebrity who married into one of the UK’s oldest institutions that we need to be more aware of systemic oppression.
— Edward Stephens (@Ed_Stephens_1) July 1, 2020
When is he getting on his knees and apologising for his ancestors taking part in slave ownership? Surely that’s the only bit of the barrel he hasn’t scraped yet…
— Nick Dampier ✝️ 🏴 (@Nick_Boro1) July 1, 2020
So a man whose entire wealth, position & status is built on the oppression of the poor of all races, creeds & demoninations for all history lectures the world on race. @PHarry_Meghan give up your money to #AntiRacism charities then & stop being a #woke #hypocrite #PrinceHarry
— TVSpiv (@TVSpiv) July 1, 2020
To be fair to Harry, he did more or less ditch the monarchy recently, although he’s definitely still reaping the financial benefits of his lineage. And you probably do need privileged public figures speaking out in support of important societal issues like this. Maybe if he prefaced everything he said by acknowledging his own royal privilege?
Don’t think it’s fair bringing up the Nazi costume he wore 15+ years ago either. I mean we all said and did dumb shit 15 years ago that we would be mortified about if it were brought to light in 2020.
But while some of the criticism being leveled at Harry here is unfair, I can understand why people found his video so nauseating. Still, at least he didn’t take part in that cringey celebrity #ITakeResponsibility video. Although I’m sure he would have if he was asked.