Prince William Said Royals 'Not a Racist Family,' Queen's Spokesman Signals BLM Support

Months after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family are voicing support for Black Lives Matter, according to the Associated Press.

In March, the royal couple disclosed to Winfrey allegations of racism within the British monarchy. But Prince William, the eldest son, later told reporters during a visit to an East London school that "we're very much not a racist family."

Harry and Meghan, who is biracial and has said she experienced racial insensitivity at Buckingham Palace, removed themselves from royal duties earlier this year and relocated to California. Following the Winfrey interview, Buckingham Palace said in a statement that the family was "saddened" by the allegations. "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning," the family said.

In a Channel 4 News interview airing Friday, Kenneth Olisa, the first Black lord lieutenant of Greater London, said that the royal family backs the Black Lives Matter movement, the AP reported. He said he had spoken with family members after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody last year, which sparked global demonstrations against racial injustice.

Olisa, a philanthropist and businessman who is the queen's personal representative in Greater London, said, "The answer is easily yes" in regard to whether she and her family support Black Lives Matter.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

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Queen Elizabeth and her family support the Black Lives Matter movement, one of her senior representatives said in an interview to be broadcast Friday. Above, the queen visits the set of the long-running television series "Coronation Street" in Manchester on July 8. Scott Heppell, file/AP Photo

"I have discussed with the royal household this whole issue of race, particularly in the last 12 months since the George Floyd incident,'' Olisa said in excerpts from the interview released before the broadcast.

"It's a hot conversation topic. The question is what more can we do to bind society to remove these barriers. They [the royals] care passionately about making this one nation bound by the same values," he said.

The comments come as Buckingham Palace struggles to combat suggestions of racism raised by the Winfrey interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Meghan, who is biracial, said an unidentified member of the royal family had raised "concerns" about the color of her baby's skin before she gave birth to her first child. The couple also alleged that Meghan was the victim of callous treatment during her time as a working royal.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020, in London. Chris Jackson/Getty Images