Queen, Royal Family Support Black Lives Matter, Aide Says

In Summary

A senior aide for the British Royal Family revealed the family supports the Black Lives Matter movement and have been discussing race issues. 

According to an aide for the palace, Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family support the Black Lives Matter movement.  

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The United Kingdom has been under harsh criticism for several events involving race in recent years. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the former Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle revealed some in the Royal Family were worried about how dark her son’s skin would be.  

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The country’s racial tensions were brought to the forefront again after Black soccer players for England faced racist abuse online after losing to Italy in the European Championship final in July.  

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According to NBC News, London’s first Black Lord-Lieutenant Kenneth Olisa spoke to Britain’s Channel 4 and said race has been a “hot conversation topic” among the royal family. This is especially prevalent after the murder of George Floyd in May 2020.  

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“The question is what more can we do to bind society to remove these barriers. [The royals] care passionately about making this one nation bound by the same values,” he said. When asked if the family supports the Black Lives Matter movement, he responded, “The answer is easily yes.”  

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