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Prince Harry on unconscious bias: 'Ignorance is no longer an excuse'

Prince Harry says growing up as a British royal left him unaware of unconscious bias, but that "ignorance is no longer an excuse."

The 36-year-old son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana spoke at this week's British GQ Heroes conference.

"Unconscious bias, from my understanding, having had the upbringing and the education that I have, I had no idea what it was. I had no idea it existed," Harry said in a discussion on racism with Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson.

"Sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realize it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife's shoes," said Harry, who married American actress Meghan Markle in 2018.

Harry and Markle, who is the daughter of a Black woman and a white man, left their full-time work at the House of Windsor earlier this year and moved from Britain to California.

"You can't really point fingers, especially when it comes to unconscious bias," Harry said in his GQ chat. "But once you realize or you feel a little bit uncomfortable, then the onus is on you to go out and educate yourself because ignorance is no longer an excuse."

Earlier this month, Harry and Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, called for an end to "structural racism" in an op-ed 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," the pair wrote. "That is not a criticism; it's reality."

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