Servants yes, employees no. Blacks could do hard work at Buckingham Palace, but could not access office jobs. As if Harry and Meghan were not enough to have pointed the finger at the Royal House, accusing one of its members of racism – without ever mentioning his name – for having expressed concern for the skin color of little Archie, the son of the couple, from biracial mom. Now the national archives of the United Kingdom, with their load of a thousand years of history and who knows how many other secrets still hidden, are brought into it to tell of a Crown that prevented the hiring of “immigrants of color and foreigners” to Court for employment in their own offices. A practice that certainly went on until the end of the 1960s. The declassified documents – which the Guardian newspaper has been sifting through and revealed to the world – leave no doubt. There is a circumstance, he specifies, in which the Queen’s secretary of finance writes it in black and white in a correspondence dated 1968, informing the public officials of the ministries that “it was not, in fact, the practice of appointing immigrants of color or foreigners »In the role of clerks in the royal family while, at the same time, there was no obstacle to their enlistment as servants. It’s not the only revelation to nail the Windsors. Buckingham Palace has negotiated controversial clauses in force up to the present day that exempt the queen and her family from observing the laws that prevent racial and sexual discrimination, so much so that it is impossible for those who have been victims to take legal action. .
The counter-offensive has already taken place from the Windsor home on a topic that has now become super-sensitive for Her Majesty Elizabeth II, still shaken by the interview of his nephew Harry and his wife Meghan with Oprah Winfrey, an outburst in which the two, now stationed in California , have told the world about their discomfort during their life at court and the suspicion that there is still some figure full of prejudices about the color of the skin. Buckingham Palace defends itself: “In the 1990s, blacks and members of ethnic minorities at court were also hired as employees.” But on the previous years no answer. While, on the other hand, there is a risk of growing resentment in the country for that racist fil rouge that could unite the “before” of the archive documents with the “after” of Meghan’s complaints.