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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle call for end to ‘structural racism’

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, are calling for an end to “structural racism” in a new op-ed.

“Untapped potential will never get to be realized,” as long as structural racism exists in Britain and around the world, the couple wrote Thursday in London’s Evening Standard.

“If you are white and British, the world you see often looks just like you — on TV, in media, in the role models celebrated across our nation. That is not a criticism; it’s reality,” said the pair, who left their full-time work at the House of Windsor earlier this year and moved from Britain to California.

“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’?” the 36-year-prince said alongside his wife in a separate interview with the paper.

“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 continued.

The two, who are parents to 17-month-old Archie, stressed the “importance of representation in all parts of society.”

“It is not about pointing the finger, it is not about blame. I will be the first person to say, again, this is about learning. And about how we can make it better,” Harry said.

Asked in the Evening Standard interview about her views on the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.K. and whether being in the U.S. gives her a different perspective on it, the American-born Markle replied, “It’s a different movement. I think the impetus is from a place of recognizing equality. And if you just go back to its ground level of that, then I don’t think there’s anything controversial about it.”

The former actress, the daughter of a Black mother and a white father, has expressed support before for Black Lives Matter, saying in June: “The only wrong thing to say is to say nothing. Because George Floyd’s life mattered, and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered, and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered and so did so many other people whose names we know, and whose names we do not know.”

Tags Anti-racism Black Lives Matter House of Windsor Institutional racism Meghan Markle Prince Harry structural racism

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