Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020

Prince Harry’s ‘tone deaf’ comments about London torn apart: ‘Where are you going?’

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The Duke of Sussex claimed that while London is “celebrated as one of the most diverse cities in the world”, when “you get out on the street and you actually talk to people it doesn’t feel as diverse as it actually is”. Numerous commentators have torn this claim to pieces, including the former chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission Trevor Phillips, who alleged this was “puzzling” and pointed out that two out of five Londoners are non-white. He said: “Seriously? Two out of every five Londoners are non-white. Diversity isn’t so easy to miss in the capital.”

In fact, demographic data backs up the idea that London is one of the most diverse cities in the world.

In the last census only 44.9 percent of Londoners were white British, with 37 percent born outside the UK, including 24.5 percent born outside of Europe.

According to the Greater Londoner Authority, 44 percent of Londoners are ethnic minorities.

However, different areas of London will have different ethnic make-ups, so Harry’s words appear to imply that he may have only visited some areas of the capital, Mr Phillips added.

Mr Phillips posed: “Perhaps a stroll down the less passionate streets of London would, in the words of Ralph McTell’s song, show the couple something to make them change their minds.”

Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.

Ms Gripper said: “I think the bit I found a little bit weird was when he said ‘our city is really diverse, but when you go out on the street, it doesn’t always appear that way’.

“It’s like mate, where are you going?”

Mr Myers added: “Why is he talking about London? They haven’t lived in London for ages, haven’t been in London.

“I thought that was pretty tone deaf as well, because that’s not London. London is one of the most diverse cities in the world.”

TalkRadio host Kevin O’Sullivan questioned how Prince Harry would have been able to “get out on the street and actually talk to people”, given that he is a member of the Royal Family and thus probably one of the most sheltered people in London.

Royal Family members cannot walk the streets like most people can, due to the security risk, and have a very privileged upbringing.

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What’s more, Harry does not even live in London anymore, but in a £11.4million mansion in Montecito.

It is curious, therefore, that Harry seems to believe he understands diversity in London better than people who actually live their normal lives there.

Mr O’Sullivan said: “When did he do that?

“All sympathy to him, he can’t do that, he’s a prince, he’s in line to the throne and a member of the Royal Family.

“But don’t tell us that you did, because you didn’t.”

Mr Myers also discussed the fact that Meghan said she hadn’t heard of the UK’s Black History Month, but that it has since emerged that she wrote back to school children who wrote to her last year as part of their work on Black History Month.

He said: “They’ve got to be careful here, sitting in an ivory tower, sounding off about things that are just coming into your head without people to advise you – I don;t really know who their advisers are at the moment.

“It’s not coming across well and they are fast becoming a bit irrelevant, especially when you’re seeing the Cambridges and Prince Charles speaking about massive, massive big global issues like this.

“They’re going to be left behind a little bit.”

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