Royal Diversity Drive Mocked on Twitter After Harry and Meghan's Oprah Interview

Queen Elizabeth II has backed royal plans to improve palace diversity—but one proposal in particular has been mocked following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed a mystery royal expressed concern their baby's skin might be too dark during their tell-all Oprah Winfrey interview on March 7.

The revelation triggered calls to name the racist royal and sparked a fierce debate about racism and the monarchy.

In particular, many drew attention to the fact a review was launched into allegations Meghan bullied her former palace staff.

However, the Queen chose to address the racism allegations as a private family matter.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with Oprah
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on CBS on March 7, 2021. The couple told Oprah an unnamed royal had expressed concern over whether baby Archie's skin would be too dark before he was born. Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese/Getty Images

Now, it emerged in the Mail on Sunday that the royal family has launched a new push towards inclusivity—with hiring a diversity officer among the suggestions.

A royal source told Newsweek: "It is something that has to be considered but it is too early for any firm plans to be announced. We are listening and learning, to get this right."

On the diversity drive more generally, the source said: "This is an issue which has been taken very seriously across the Royal Households.

"We have the policies, the procedures and programmes in place but we haven't seen the progress we would like and accept more needs to be done, we can always improve.

"Therefore we are not afraid to look at new ways of approaching it.

"The work to do this has been underway for some time now and comes with the full support of the family."

Queen plans 'diversity drive' to 'modernise the monarchy' amid racism claims.
All I saw was Meghan doing that, but between the misogynistic tabloid media and stuffy senior palace sources constantly dragging her, you all flopped.
https://t.co/hqX5zW1Dh6

— Jasmine Dotiwala (@jasminedotiwala) March 21, 2021

However, not everyone was impressed by the move, with journalist Jasmine Dotiwala, part of Netflix's editorial and publishing team, among those to mock the palace.

She told her 40,000 Twitter followers: "Queen plans 'diversity drive' to 'modernise the monarchy' amid racism claims.

"All I saw was Meghan doing that, but between the misogynistic tabloid media and stuffy senior palace sources constantly dragging her, you all flopped."

Queen plans diversity drive <--- Y'all had a Black woman Duchess that you drove out the country and refused to give her son a royal title yet now you want to diversify & modernize? This is a prime example of how Diversity pledges are mostly full of shit.https://t.co/lHonDUkFSJ

— BlackWomenViews Media (@blackwomenviews) March 21, 2021

And Twitter account BlackWomenViews Media, which has 89,000 followers, posted: "Queen plans diversity drive <--- Y'all had a Black woman Duchess that you drove out the country and refused to give her son a royal title yet now you want to diversify & modernize?

"This is a prime example of how Diversity pledges are mostly full of s***."

So #SallyInHR heard that the queen is considering appointing a Tsar for Diversity. One thing about Sally is that she is going to apply for a diversity leadership role okay?! Oh Sally! pic.twitter.com/WC8kujHWY5

— machine gun Kele (@kelechnekoff) March 22, 2021

Meanwhile actress Kelechi Okafor mocked the move in character as fictional HR worker Sally.

Sally said: "Exit services from the diverse BAME, POC and WOC employees have actually mentioned me by name saying interacting with me affected them so deeply and they don't think they will be able to forget some of the things I said to them."

On the definition of BAME, the character added: "I don't like to say black do I, so I just say boisterous and magical ethnics."

The diversity drive would span Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House and cover LGBTQ+ issues, disability and other aspects of equality as well as race.

Prince William responded to a question about race from a journalist days after the interview, saying: "We are very much not a racist family."

In a statement two days after the broadcast, Buckingham Palace said on behalf of the queen: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members."