Meghan Markle's Royal Racism Allegations Used in School's White Privilege Lessons

Meghan Markle's royal racism allegations have been used to help teach white privilege to pupils at a London private school.

The Duchess of Sussex told a global audience of millions an unnamed royal family member expressed concern about how dark her unborn child's skin might be.

The CBS prime time tell-all triggered a fierce debate in Britain and has now found its way onto the curriculum of private day school St Dunstan's College, in Catford, southeast London.

The school is teaching pupils about a range of subjects, including Black Lives Matter and why there hasn't been a black James Bond, according to the The Sunday Times.

Headmaster Nicholas Hewlett told the U.K. broadsheet: "We do not teach white privilege in order to engender a sense of guilt amongst our white community [but] to help all our young people, of whatever racial origin, to unpick and better understand the complexities and sensitivities of a real and live issue that matters to them and to so much of the society they occupy."

To The Daily Mail, he added: "We run the risk of an increasingly polarised society where different generations become entrenched in their positions of difference and that cannot be healthy.

"Schools have an essential role to tackle these issues and concepts by airing them and discussing them, helping young people hear different viewpoints and articulate their own thinking.

"This is far more important than what white privilege is or isn't."

St Dunstan's College charges parents $26,110 (£19,000) a year and counts among its alumni former U.K. MP Chuka Umunna, once tipped as a possible future leader of the opposition Labour Party.

Lessons in White Privilege

White privilege lessons begin at the school from the age of 13 and cover the wider royal family in addition to the CBS interview, The Sunday Times reported.

Meghan told Oprah: "In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, 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."

Harry and Meghan confirmed off camera that neither Queen Elizabeth II nor Prince Philip made the comment, but left a cloud of suspicion hanging over the remaining family members.

Asked whether they left Britain due to racism, Harry referenced a dinner for his charity Sentebale in the days after their royal exit was announced in January 2020.

He said: "It [racism] was a large part of it. I remember Sentebale fundraiser. And one of the people at that dinner said to me, 'please don't do this with the media. They will destroy your life.'

"This person is friends with a lot of editors and like that. I said, 'sorry, elaborate, what do you mean by that?' So I knew.

"He said, 'please understand that the UK is very bigoted.' And I stopped and I said, 'the UK is not bigoted. The UK press is very bigoted, specifically the tabloids. Is that what you mean?'

"He goes, no, 'the UK is bigoted.' And I said, I completely disagree. But unfortunately, if the source of the information is inherently corrupt or racist or biased, then that filters out to the rest of society."

Following the broadcast, Prince William told Sky News: "We are very much not a racist family."

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's Oprah Interview
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview in which they accused an unnamed royal of racist comments about their unborn child. It was broadcast by CBS on March 7, 2021, and is now being used to teach children at a London school about white privilege. Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions

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