Royal Family to appoint diversity officer, says palace source

Buckingham Palace is said to be considering appointing a diversity chief as “more needs to be done” to address the issue, according to a royal source.

The proposals, which have the “full support” of the royal family, aim to seek independent views in order to evaluate and improve representation throughout the royal household.

It comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed in an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey that a family member – not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh – made a racist comment on their son Archie.

While the work around diversity is being carried out prior to the couple’s interview, their comments are taken into account as part of the process.

A royal source said: “This is an issue that has been taken very seriously in the royal households.

“We have the policies, procedures and programs, but we haven’t seen the progress we want and accept that more needs to be done. We can always improve.”

“So we’re not afraid to look for new ways to approach this. The work on this has been going on for some time and is fully supported by the family. “

Regarding the possible appointment of a diversity boss, as first reported in the Mail on Sunday, the source added, “It’s something that needs to be considered, but it’s too early to announce firm plans.

“We listen and learn to get this right.”

The source said that diversity work will include LGBTQI + and disability representation.

Buckingham Palace said in response to Harry and Meghan’s interview that the issues raised, particularly those of race, were “worrying”.

A statement in early March said: “Although some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and addressed privately by the family.”

The Sussexes claimed during their Oprah interview that a family member raised concerns before their son was born about how dark his skin tone might be.


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