Prince Harry didn’t understand racism ‘until he walked a day in Meghan’s shoes’

Prince Harry only discovered unconscious racist bias existed when he was 'living a day or a week in my wife's shoes'.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, discussed what he has learnt about racism since marrying Meghan Markle, in an interview for GQ magazine with Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson.

'Ignorance is no longer an excuse', Harry said as he admitted his 'upbringing and education' did little to help him understand the full extent of racism.

Harry said: "Once you realise 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.

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"And 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 realise it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife's shoes."

Harry tuned into the video call with Mr Hutchinson from his £11million home in Montecito, California, ahead of this week's GQ Heroes conference.

In their candid chat, Harry criticised the 25,000 people who complained about a Black Lives Matter-inspired dance routine on Britain's Got Talent last month.

In the dance, a figure representing a white police officer knelt on Diversity's Ashley Banjo which resembled the killing of George Floyd in the US which sparked protests across the world.

Harry said: "We – Meghan and I – spoke to him (Banjo) shortly after that whole process, that whole moment in his life and Diversity's life. But what was interesting there, from what I was told, was that there were a couple of thousand complaints that came straight after the performance.

"But it was three days later or even a week later that it got up to 20,000. So you start to think, well, how many people actually watch the performance that have complained? Or have they just had their opinion inflamed by what they've read?"

Patrick Hutchinson – who Harry was speaking to – became part of what became on of the most iconic photos of the Black Lives Matter protests in London.

The father was pictured lifting suspected far-Right protester Bryn Male to safety during the demonstrations in June.

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