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  • The Independent

    Prince Harry says ‘living in Meghan’s shoes’ helped him see unconscious racial bias

    ‘Ignorance is no longer an excuse,’ says Duke of Sussex

  • Sky News

    Prince Harry says 'living in Meghan's shoes' taught him unconscious racial bias exists

    Prince Harry has described how he had "no idea" what unconscious bias was until "living a day or a week in my wife’s shoes". The Duke of Sussex made the comment during a conversation with Black Lives Matter campaigner Patrick Hutchinson, who rose to fame after he was photographed rescuing an injured white man after violent clashes erupted between anti-racism protesters and counter-demonstrators this summer. Harry described Mr Hutchinson as "a guardian angel" as they talked about why he risked his own life to protect a rival protester during the heated demonstration.

  • The Independent

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are seeking a new housekeeper who must ‘exercise discretion’

    The Royals are advertising for a new housekeeper at Kensington Palace to support them at home and on their travels

  • Evening Standard

    Prince Harry said he didn't understand race bias 'until he lived a day in Meghan Markle's shoes'

    The Duke of Sussex today said he didn’t know unconscious race bias existed until he lived “a day or a week” in his wife Meghan’s shoes.Prince Harry, 36, addressed racism in a conversation with Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson - who was hailed a hero after carrying a counter-protestor to safety following a demonstration in London this summer.

  • The Telegraph

    Prince Harry: 'Upbringing and education' meant he had 'no idea unconscious bias existed' until he met Meghan

    The Duke of Sussex has said his "upbringing and education" meant he had "no idea unconscious bias existed" until he met his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. He made the comments during a conversation with Patrick Hutchinson, the Black Lives Matter activist who was photographed carrying an injured white protester away from danger at a protest in June. During the 30 minute interview, published by GQ Magazine as part of its GQ Heroes Conference, the pair discussed the Black Lives Matter movement, racism in the UK and their families. On unconscious bias, and its role within UK society, the Duke said: “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, 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”. He added that, even if you feel “a little bit uncomfortable”, the “onus is on you to go out and educate yourself because ignorance is no longer an excuse” when it comes to racism. The Duke went on to say “one of the most dangerous things” in society is people in power who are “not aware of your own bias”. “If you're not aware of the culture within your system then how are we ever going to progress, how are we ever going to get to that point where there is more fairness because it's not a zero sum game, everyone benefits if the black community are treated the way it should be treated,” he said. He added: “It’s going to take every single one of us to really change things and anyone that's pushing against it really needs to take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror because this isn’t black versus white.”

  • The Telegraph

    Prince Andrew will not return to public life unless he clears his name, palace sources insist

    The Duke of York could not return to public life unless he clears his name, Buckingham Palace sources have insisted, after it was claimed he had begun informal discussions with the Royal Family about his future role. The Duke, 60, stepped back from official royal duties last November, following a disastrous Newsnight interview about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted paedophile. Yet insiders have long made clear that he is desperate to rebuild his reputation, and had even pinned his hopes on a "complete exoneration.” A source close to Prince Andrew has now acknowledged that while he knows he cannot “carry on as normal” he had some “clear thoughts” about his future service. “He is thinking about how to best serve his country and will work with his family, advisers and stakeholders on what that will look like,” the source said. "He's very sensitive to the public mood and acutely conscious that the public are the most important stakeholder. He feels he has support from the family, very much so, including all his siblings and his parents." The Duke was said to be devising a "reframing" of his role that could see him return to some public duties next year, if he can resolve the legal issues surrounding his relationship with Epstein and the allegation that he slept with one of the financier’s 17-year-old victims when she was in London. The Duke has always vigorously denied the allegations. Buckingham Palace has made clear that while family members privately support him, a return to any form of public role could only be considered if it is no longer overshadowed by his link to Epstein. A senior royal aide commended the Duke for the “level of maturity” he had displayed in dealing with the fallout thus far, accepting, for example, that he could not feature in his daughter, Princess Beatrice’s official wedding photographs or attend the Cenotaph next month on Remembrance Sunday. “The Duke is still a son, a sibling, a part of the family and he has not been cast out,” the source said. “But when he stepped back from his public role ‘for the foreseeable future’ last November, it was over controversies concerning his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and they have not been resolved at all. “In an ideal world, the family would love to see something change but the harsh reality is that there are a lot of hurdles to overcome first.” Attempts to rehabilitate the Duke’s image began when he hired a formidable legal team which has been working around the clock to clear his name. He was photographed earlier this year packing cupcakes at his home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor, and delivering care parcels to the Thames Hospice . Yet the revelations about a potential return to public life could not have emerged at a worse time, coming just days after his friend Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal deposition was unsealed, casting fresh questions about his friendship with Epstein and the allegations that he slept with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, when she was 17. Maxwell claimed in the deposition that the Duke had branded Miss Roberts Giuffre a “liar”.

  • The Telegraph

    Prince Charles 'campaigned for SNP' as teenager in mock school elections, new book claims

    For the heir to the throne, convention dictates that it is unconstitutional to even vote in an election, far less to campaign for a political party. But according to new claims, Prince Charles once threw himself enthusiastically into a mock general election during his school days - when the man set to reign over the United Kingdom backed a party intent on breaking the nation up. During his schooling at Gordonstoun, in the north of Scotland, the 15-year-old prince even marched around the grounds shouting ‘freedom for the Scots’, 'Scotland forever' and ‘down with rule from Whitehall’, according to a newly-published book. A Clarence House source said on Sunday that they did not believe the story of the Prince’s support for the SNP in the school election, detailed in Simon and Schuster title Prince Philip Revealed, was true. However, the Royal author behind the book, Ingrid Seward, said she was told about the 1960s incident by her late husband Ross Benson, a classmate of Charles at Gordonstoun, which the prince once famously dubbed “Colditz in kilts”.

  • The Telegraph

    Prince Charles backed controversial sacking of Australian prime minister, letter reveals

    The Prince of Wales backed the governor-general of Australia over the controversial sacking of the country’s prime minister in 1975, newly released letters have revealed. Four months after Gough Whitlam's government was dismissed, plunging Australia into a constitutional crisis, the 27-year-old Prince wrote to express sympathy for Sir John Kerr, the Queen’s representative. “Please don’t lose heart,” he wrote in March 1976. “What you did last year was right and the courageous thing to do - and most Australians seemed to endorse your decision when it came to the point.” The letter represents the first known statement of support for the move by a member of the Royal Family and was branded an "embarrassment" to the Queen and a breach of royal protocol by The Australian newspaper, which noted that the monarch had never interfered in the country's politics. Whitlam's government had been rocked by scandals and by a worsening economic crisis between 1973 and 1975. His dismissal, after he failed to pass a budget and refused to resign or call an election, threw a spotlight on the Queen's constitutional powers and has remained a divisive topic.

  • The Telegraph

    Behind Palace walls – what the Ghislaine Maxwell files mean for Prince Andrew

    The unsealing of Ghislaine Maxwell’s 418-page deposition from Virginia Roberts Guiffre’s defamation case in 2016 on Thursday has sent everyone searching for a smoking gun. When it was released on Thursday, the pages were heavily redacted. Ms Maxwell’s lawyers had fought tooth and nail to prevent its publication.So what are they so desperate to hide? Alongside the charges of sexual misconduct, there are charges of perjury against Maxwell. The criminal indictment against her says: “In or around 2016, in the context of a deposition as part of a civil litigation, Ghislaine Maxwell, the defendant, repeatedly provided false and perjurious statements, under oath…” What has been published this week is that deposition. Consequently, Prince Andrew’s most persistent accuser, Ms Roberts Guiffre, will take the witness stand when Maxwell stands trial next July on four counts of facilitating sex with minors and two counts of perjury. She claims that she was trafficked to have sex with Prince Andrew. He has denied all such allegations and his name is blanked out along with some of the other rich and powerful men accused of being too close to Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a New York jail cell last year. However, the testimony unmistakably refers to the prince and the infamous photograph taken of the trio at the mews house. The photograph, Maxwell insisted in 2016 – a claim later echoed by Prince Andrew – might be fake. She said: “I don’t recognise that picture. I’m not sure if that’s a real picture or not.”

  • The Independent

    The Crown's Emma Corrin says history 'is repeating itself' with Meghan Markle and Princess Diana

    ‘I think she expected to join a family,’ Corrin says of the late Princess of Wales

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