October is British Black History Month. To mark the occasion, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are continuing their work of raising awareness of issues facing Black people throughout the world.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave a rare interview to The Evening Standard. The couple was named to the British paper’s list of Next Generation Trailblazers. They were recognized for “challenging prejudice and their positive contribution to British society.”
In the interview, Harry admits his “awakening” to racial issues came after meeting his biracial wife.
“I wasn’t aware of so many of the issues and so many of the problems within the U.K. and also globally as well. I thought I did but I didn’t,” he said.
Harry says that representation is one area where he’s come to notice these disparities more and more.
“You know, when you go into a shop with your children and you only see white dolls, do you even think: ‘That’s weird, there is not a Black doll there?’” he said.
“And I use that as just one example of where we as white people don’t always have the awareness of what it must be like for someone else of a different colored skin, of a Black skin, to be in the same situation as we are where the world that we know has been created by white people for white people.”
Harry thinks that issues of race fall apart when finger-pointing is the focus. “It is not about pointing the finger, it is not about blame,” he said.
“I will be the first person to say, again, this is about learning. And about how we can make it better. I think it is a really exciting time in British culture and British history, and in world culture. This is a real moment that we should be grasping and actually celebrating. Because no one else has managed to do this before us.”
The two have caught a lot of flack for their messages about voting and their support of Black Lives Matter. “When there is just peaceful protest and when there is the intention of just wanting community and just wanting the recognition of equality, then that is a beautiful thing,” Meghan noted.
“While it has been challenging for a lot of people certainly having to make this reckoning of historical significance that has got people to the place that they are, that is uncomfortable for people. We recognize that. It is uncomfortable for us.”
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