Queen Elizabeth II is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, according to London's First Black Lord-Lieutenant Ken Olisa. As reported by CNN, Olisa told Channel 4 that race is a "hot conversation topic" within the Royal Family.
"I have discussed with the royal household this whole issue of race, particularly in the last 12 months since the George Floyd incident," Olisa explained.
"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."
Olisa's comments are met with skepticism following an interview that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry conducted with Oprah Winfrey in March. During their in-depth conversation, Markle mentioned that members of the Royal Family were concerned about "how dark" their son's skin would be when he was born. When Winfrey pushed the two to reveal who had participated in those conversations about their son, Archie's, skin color, they declined to name anyone specifically.
In another part of the interview, Prince Harry criticized members of his family for failing to support Meghan Markle when she was unfavorably covered by the media due to her skin color. He believes his family missed several key opportunities to show support and embrace his wife.
"For us, for this union and the specifics around her race, there was an opportunity -- many opportunities -- for my family to show some public support," he said.
Following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview, the Royal Family issued a statement refuting the claims that were presented.
"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning," the statement reads.
"While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."
However, Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family have not spoken about this publicly themselves. Instead, Olisa will represent the family's interests during a show called "Black To Front" at 2 p.m. ET on September 10.
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