“Buckingham Palace exonerated from laws against racial discrimination. Immigrants and foreigners excluded from any office role”

The scandals involving the British royal family. According to some exclusive documents viewed by Guardian, in the past Buckingham Palace negotiated “controversial clauses” for the queen and all members of the royal family to be exempt from compliance with the laws prohibiting racial discrimination and gender in UK. The negotiation of the special conditions took place over the course of the seventies, but such exemptions would be still valid today. The documents testify that Buckingham Palace deliberately excluded “foreigners and immigrants of color” from any office role (let alone responsibility) for decades, even under the reign of Elizabeth II; and that it negotiated “in secret” clauses still in force – albeit only on paper – intended to potentially exempt the monarchical institution from compliance with the prohibition imposed by contemporary laws on discrimination based on race or sex.

The exemption became effective when the UK began introducing a series of measures aimed at tackling racial discrimination. At the time, the rulers yes coordinate with royal family advisors for wording to this laws. The documents – kept in the National Archives – emerge precisely in a moment of strong pressure for the British monarchy. After the now well-known interview granted to the famous TV presenter Oprah Winfrey dal prince harry and his Meghan Markle, the most important family in the UK had already been at the center of the controversy for alleged discrimination. On that occasion, the Duchess of Sussex, in fact, denounced some racist attitudes that spoiled the real environment.

Among the most explosive cards unearthed by the Guardian, there is a letter dating back to the fateful 1968 signed by a senior official, TG Weiler, at the time chief financial manager at the palace, to clarify in black and white – while half the world demonstrated for civil rights – how it was not “practice (of the royal house) to assign administrative positions (clerical roles) to immigrants of color or foreigners “. To which it was reserved only access to the ranks of the “servants”. A practice with respect to which, the newspaper, the dynasty and the court increased the dose: using an outdated parliamentary procedure, called Queen’s Consent, to ensure exemption from the obligations of the new anti-discriminatory legislation that the Labor government is Harold Wilson it was preparing and that it would be definitively approved in the early 1970s. Privilege of which Buckingham Palace did not deny the existence in a meager response statement issued today, although not without specifying how in the meantime a “special procedure” has been launched through which the sovereign is now able to receive and accept complaints against any form of disparity. Digging, however, the Guardian has identified how the discrimination of minorities was probably maintained even beyond the term of the late 1960s certified by the letter of Weiler: given that there are no records of hiring at court of officials, executives or employees of Caribbean, African, Asian roots and so on until well into the 90s.

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