Prince Harry, 36, revealed that he had no idea that unconscious bias existed until living in his wife's Meghan Markle's shoes. The Duke of Sussex has blamed his privileged upbringing as a member of the Royal Family. It made it hard to understand unconscious racial bias. Keep reading as we share his revelations!
Prince Harry frankly admitted that it took him many years, through the experience of sharing his life daily with his wife Meghan, to recognize racial bias.
Unconscious bias is any sort of prejudice in our attitudes. For instance, asking a man advice instead of a woman because subconsciously you assume he will be more knowledgeable.
It can lead to racist behavior even if people do not consider themselves to be racist at all.
Speaking from his house in Santa Barbara, California, via video call, the duke said: "I had no idea unconscious racial bias existed.”
The duke made these statements in conversation with Patrick Hutchinson, to support Black Lives Matter. Harry advised that people of all backgrounds should get involved in racial issues and promote equality.
Mr. Hutchinson is a personal trainer, who rose to fame after he was captured in a photo carrying a white man to safety during a conflict between protest groups, an action that Harry praised him for.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spoken in depth about race issues during Black History Month. The couple have campaigned for an end to structural racism in Britain.
This is the existing social and political system that makes it harder for people of color to enjoy the same opportunities as everyone else. Meghan remarked there was a lost generation of "people of color.”