Prince Harry has said that he did not know that unconscious racial biases existed until he met his wife, actress Meghan Markle.
Speaking with Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson in a new interview with GQ, the Duke of Sussex stated that his privilege and upbringing sheltered him from racial matters.Watch this video of an emotional Harry recounting the moment he discovered Meghan was pregnant:
He added he had no idea how it impacted others until he watched his wife Meghan, who is biracial, experience the same prejudice.
Per a recent article by The Evening Standard, the prince stated in the interview that:
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"Once you realize or you feel a little bit uncomfortable, then the onus is on you to go out and educate yourself because ignorance is no longer an excuse."
Prince Harry continued by saying:
"Unconscious bias, from my understanding, having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was. I had no idea it existed.
"And then, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realize it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife’s shoes."
Prince Harry also stated his belief that contemporary society was at a critical point in the struggle for racial equality but expressed the opinion that social media was not contributing to the public's ability to have difficult conversations about social and political matters.
Harry went on to state: "As we go through this process, as we’re going through this transition, whatever you want to call it, people are going to make mistakes and it’s going to be noticed."
"But we can’t continue to scream and shout at each other and social media is the worst place to have these conversations because it rips out the context. And everyone’s opinionated and having a go in, whatever it is, a sentence or 300 characters."
In the interview in question, the prince also went on to discuss the effects of social isolation on men during the coronavirus pandemic, and the importance of maintaining physical fitness.