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Royal Family goes on subtle PR defense against racist accusations

Royal Family goes on subtle PR defense against racist accusations

Following accusations of racism against the British Royal Family by Duke Harry and wife Duchess Meghan in a Sunday, March 7, 2021, interview with Oprah G. Winfrey, the palace instead of directly addressing those concerns have gone into defence mode with a bid to downplay the ruthless tell-all by the Sussexes.

A key element in the CBS interview now seen by almost 50 million people, according to the Associated Press, was a claim that someone within the royal household had “concerns” over how dark-skinned the couple’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor might be and that Meghan was facing mental health issues while in the palace.

Meghan was also brutally chastised by sections of the British Press and newspapers that are believed to have close ties with the Royal Family.

Following accusations of racism against the British Royal Family by Duke Harry and wife Duchess Meghan in a Sunday, March 7, 2021, interview with Oprah G. Winfrey, the palace instead of directly addressing those concerns have gone into defence mode with a bid to downplay the ruthless tell-all by the Sussexes.


House of Winsor ‘Savvy & cunning’ – AU Publication


Australian newspaper, ‘The Cairns Post’ in a March 23, 2021 analysis of royal response to date, indicated that while the Royal Family was slow to address the concerns, they said the House of Windsor is now playing ‘a far savvier and more cunning” game of plotting and planning the sort of fightback rooted in public relations.

“The first, big clue came over the weekend when the Sunday Times published an extensive profile of Prince William called, tellingly, The Other Brother,” the publication’s expert on royal affairs Daniela Elser noted.

In the Sunday times piece filled with quotes from current and former public officials, it revealed personal and revelatory insights about William than had been placed in the public sphere before.

Possible royal approval for new PR drive


“None, absolutely none of these people would have opened their mouths within yelling distance of a journalist and her trusty tape recorder without royal approval,” the Australian publication noted.

The analysis also pointed out that William and his wife have increased their social media appearances in recent weeks, taking to the pages of the UK’s Telegraph to defend claims of royal racism, even as the palace has taken a backseat approach to handling the damning accusations.

The Conversation, an independent news outlet in the UK had week before said the Royal family can’t keep ignoring its colonialist past and racist present and now, a spotlight has be shone on the behaviour where the palace has downplayed the concerns of Meghan, instead of dealing with it directly in the public sphere.

“Without uttering Harry and Meghan’s names, the palace seems to be working to neutralise their most damaging claims about mental health and racism, while simultaneously providing a stinging counterpoint to the Duke of Sussex’s version of 21st century, prime time emoting princedom,” the Cairns article noted.

The Cambridges have increased their social media appearances in the weeks since the interview.


Winsor refusing to confront racist past & alleged racist present


In the Virgin Islands, when confronted about a racist past, Queen’s representative and former Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert had called for the preservation of racist relics of the past while indicating that the Monarchy has no intentions to pay reparations for slavery.

The Ex-Governor has also refused to apologise for the statements which were seen as offensive to Virgin Islanders.

Rather than admitting its racist past and present, the Royal Family, the UK Government and its institutions have resorted to burying their heads in PR, media collusion and propaganda with the hopes of making people forget that it is an institution that was built on racism and the backs of African slavery and for which they have acquired immense wealth.

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