Prince William made his harshest remarks yet on racism and criticized the UK government’s previous immigration policy, while Prince Charles launched a high-stakes foreign travel-split coverage in UK newspapers.
William spoke out in support of Britain’s Caribbean population following a scandal in which lawful immigrants were unfairly detained and in some cases invited to Britain to fill gaps in the post-World War II labor market. Decades after leaving was deported.
Not only that, but the Duke of Cambridge explicitly stated that “discrimination for black men and women in the UK in 2022 remains a very familiar experience”. is “where the system is deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities.”
The dramatic intervention came on a pivotal day for Charles, who charts a new milestone on his journey toward kingship during a politically charged visit to Rwanda.
The diary clashes meant that neither royal got a clean sweep of the front pages of Britain’s newspapers, though father and son shared the hype on the day the royal news took a serious turn.
Prince Charles in Rwanda
Charles recently made his controversial remarks, reportedly calling the current UK immigration policy “horrific”.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government wants asylum seekers to travel thousands of miles to Rwanda to be processed in an effort to prevent new arrivals.
On the same day as William’s speech, Charles was preparing for a face-off with Johnson in Rwanda a week before the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM).
Charles visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial on Wednesday, where he met survivors of the Rwandan genocide, which killed nearly 800,000 people in 1994.
CNN reported that, during the visit, Charles laid a wreath that read: “We will always remember the innocent souls who died in the genocide against Tutsi in April 1994. Be strong Rwanda. Charles.”
This incident made the front page of Britain Daily TelegraphWhich would be a welcome result at Clarence House as the Prince of Wales is known to read newspapers.
However, there could still be major controversy for the prince when he sits face-to-face with the prime minister.
During a school visit in Kigali, Johnson defended Rwanda deportation flights when he told reporters on Thursday: “People need to keep an open mind about policy, critics need to keep an open mind about policy.” A lot of people can see the obvious qualities of it. So yes, of course, if I see Prince tomorrow, I’m going to do that thing.”
Prince William calls Caribbean population ‘seriously wrong’ by Windrush scandal
Meanwhile, William made some of the most politically charged comments of his royal career, when he said Britain’s Caribbean population was victims of racism in the past and that black people currently face discrimination.
It came after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry accused the royals of racism during a March 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview, and the months that followed involved William.
Cambridge also had a rough tour of the Caribbean in March, when they faced calls for amnesty and reparations for slavery.
William tried to put the negative headlines behind him on Wednesday as he unveils a memorial to the “Windrush” generation of post-World War II Caribbean immigrants who helped rebuild bomb-strewn Britain.
He also hit out at the government over a scandal that saw Windrush Brits unfairly deported because they lacked decades-old documentation proving they were legally in the UK – even though they were allowed to enter the labor market. The country was invited to fill the gap.
William said: “It’s something that resonated with Catherine and me after our trip to the Caribbean earlier this year.
“Our visit was an opportunity to reflect, and we learned a lot. Not only about the various issues that matter most to the people of the region, but also about how heavily the past overwhelms the present.
“Sadly, the same is the case for members of the Windrush Generation, who were victims of racism when they arrived here, and discrimination remains a very familiar experience for Black men and women in the UK in 2022.
“Only a few years ago, thousands of people of that generation were deeply wronged by the Windrush scandal.”
Beyond Meghan and Harry’s interview with Winfrey, race has been an explosive topic in the UK in recent years, when a government-commissioned 97-page report suggested the UK was no longer “a country where There is deliberate rigging against ethnic minorities.”
The BBC reported that the commission’s findings on race and ethnic inequalities were so controversial that its chairman, Dr Tony Sewell, withdrew his honorary title.
William’s intervention earned him a place on the front page of the UK Records newspaper many times.
Harry, Meghan and a Diary Conflict That Went Less Well
The royal staff try to avoid diary feuds but some can’t be helped, and on occasion, neither William nor Charles could carry on with their visits.
However, when the jobs match, it can ruin promotional efforts that have been months to plan.
A famous example came days after Meghan and Harry’s relationship first went public in November 2017.
In the days after the world first learned of their romance, Harry wanted to protect Meghan from a tidal wave of publicity and asked his communications secretary to issue a strongly worded statement.
However, Charles was on a tour of the Middle East when the pages of British newspapers were wiped out by explosive interference.
Biography finding freedom described the fall-out: “The Clarence House team, which had spent months putting together Prince Charles’s tour in hopes that it would be covered up significantly, was crushed.”
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