Another thunderstorm in Buckingham? The palace reportedly refused to appoint “immigrants of color or foreigners” to clerical or high office positions, until at least the late 1960s, and exempt from anti-discrimination laws, this Thursday The Guardian revealed.
The paper was investigating the use of the royal consent process – whereby the British monarch must give the green light to any legislation affecting his privileges or interests before it can be debated by lawmakers – when it was revealed that Buckingham Palace had granted the Queen an exemption. Giving clauses were negotiated and from his house the law against discrimination was passed in 1968.
In a memo to the National Archives, a Home Office official described how one of the Queen’s top advisers, Lord Tryon, told her that the palace did not appoint people from ethnic minorities to government posts. The Office. He also indicated that the palace would approve a bill against racial discrimination if it benefits from a similar exemption to the Diplomatic Corps, which can deny an application if the person has lived in the United Kingdom for at least five years. Hiring “people of color in ordinary domestic positions,” on the other hand, was authorized, the note specifies.
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Even today, the Queen and her family are officially exempted from this anti-discrimination law. However, the palace complies “in principle and in fact”, a Buckingham spokesman said on Thursday. “This is reflected in the diversity, inclusion and dignity of the royal family’s practices”, he assured.
“Claims based on second hand conversations from 50 years ago should not be used to conclude how things are going today,” he said.
The revelation comes just months after Prince Harry, sixth in line to the throne, and his Metis wife Meghan Markle accused the royal family of racism in a shocking interview on US television. When asked by star Oprah Winfrey, “Sussex” reported that an unnamed member of the royal family had concerns about skin color prior to the birth of their son Archie. His brother, Prince William, called for one day to become king, then defended the institution, arguing that the royal family was “not a racist family”.