A co-founder of the US Black Lives Matter movement is calling for a boycott of the Royal Family after Meghan Markle’s allegations of racism, as calls to abolish the Monarchy rise.
Opal Tometi said she believed people should no longer stand by the Palace after Meghan Markle alleged one member of the family raised “concerns” about Archie’s potential skin colour when she was pregnant, something Harry later contradicted by saying it was before the Royal wedding.
Tometi said the allegations should make people turn their backs on the Royal Family, and that black women like Meghan should be believed when they speak out.
Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey was viewed by over 11 million Brits. After the interview aired, #AbolishTheMonarchy was trending on Twitter.
A recent YouGov poll revealed that nearly half the people (47 percent) who watched said that they felt Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah was “inappropriate”, while only 21 percent said they felt it was “appropriate”.
It also revealed that only 29 percent have sympathy for Meghan and Harry and 33 percent have no sympathy for them whatsoever.
An ongoing TalkRadio Poll on Twitter currently stands at 74.5% in favour of retaining the Monarchy, versus 25.5% in favour of abolition.
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Nigel Farage branded the interview a “public betrayal of his family”, in reference to Prince Harry, and called it “despicable”. Mr Farage defended the Monarchy against claims of racism, saying: “The Queen and her family have worked tirelessly for the Commonwealth for 70 years. The racist slur against the Royal Family just doesn’t stand up.”
The fallout has seen Good Morning Britain host, Piers Morgan, resign after a heated debate with his colleague, Alex Beresford, after which Morgan temporarily stormed off the set. The show received over 41,000 Ofcom complaints in respect of the incident.
Buckingham Palace has released a statement responding to the interview, saying: “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning”. The statement also said that the allegations will be “taken very seriously” and “addressed by the family privately”.