Martin Luther King's Daughter Doubles Down on Prince William Criticism: 'Language Matters'

Prince William was the subject of renewed criticism from Martin Luther King's daughter over his comments suggesting it was "very alien" to see war in Europe.

Bernice King said the royal's remark was "harmful" during a day of confusion in the media over what had actually been said during a visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, in London, on March 9.

The Duke of Cambridge was initially partially misquoted in reports on the Press Association news wire, which had wrongly claimed he suggested Britons were more accustomed to conflict in Asia or Africa.

That account was shown to be misleading after a video of his full remarks was released by ITV that didn't contain an explicit reference to the two continents.

The footage showed that Prince William said: "Everyone is horrified by what they are seeing. The news every day, it's almost unfathomable to actually witness it, to see it.

"For our generation, it's very alien to see this in Europe. We're all right behind you."

However, the clarification didn't eliminate the backlash that had built against him overnight.

King had initially described his comments as "horrific" after seeing the misleading report, but later her Twitter post appeared to have been deleted.

After the full video emerged, she wrote on Twitter: "I believe that we have a great deal of work to do globally to eradicate what my father called the Triple Evils of Militarism, Racism and Poverty.

"I believe that language matters in that work. And that it is harmful for a global figure to express war as 'alien to Europe.'"

The backlash comes as Prince William and Kate Middleton are due to tour the Caribbean between March 19 and March 26, stopping at Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas.

All three countries that the royal couple are due to visit still recognize the Monarch as sovereign, and in Jamaica there is an active debate about becoming a republic.

In November, Barbados removed Queen Elizabeth II as head of state citing a desire to break with its colonial past.

The same month, William was criticized over comments in which he linked population growth in Africa to pressure on wildlife.

He said: "The increasing pressure on Africa's wildlife and wild spaces as a result of human population presents a huge challenge for conservationists, as it does the world over."

The royal family more generally has been under pressure after racism allegations made in Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Oprah Winfrey interview, which was broadcast on March 7, 2021.

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Meghan told CBS that an unnamed royal had commented on what color their son Archie's skin might be before he was born.

She said: "So we have in tandem the conversation of 'he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

Oprah appeared visibly shocked at the revelation, exclaiming "what?" and asking: "Who is having that conversation with you?"

The host later said Meghan and Harry confirmed off camera that neither the queen nor Prince Philip had made the remark. It remains unknown who Meghan was referring to.

Prince William Speaks at COP26
Prince William addressed the COP26 climate change summit, in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 2, 2021. The Duke of Cambridge was criticized more recently for comments on Ukraine. Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

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