Royal watchers defend Charles over his ‘ racist’ gaffe
PRINCE Charles has been labelled the “Duke of Edinburgh 2.0” after being accused of making a racist gaffe.
A writer of Guyanese descent, who was born in Manchester, claimed he told her: “Well, you don’t look like it!” Author Anita Sethi, who was introduced to the royal at a Commonwealth People’s Forum on Tuesday, said she was “stunned” by the remark and claimed it proved the prince was not worthy of being king or head of the Commonwealth.
There was no response from Clarence House, which has a policy of not commenting on what it classes as “private conversations”. However, Colleen Harris, a former press secretary to the prince and the first black member of the Royal Household, said Charles was “fully aware of modern Britain and its make-up”.
Veteran royal correspondent Robert Hardman said: “I can only say that the Sethi version of events bears no relation to the man I have seen in these situa- tions over more than 25 years. The prince has always seen it as his role to act as a bridge between races and cultures, and has done so for longer than perhaps any politician or ‘community leader’ in Britain.
“I followed him to the Caribbean in 2000. We ended up in Guyana, the country where members of Miss Sethi’s family were once indentured workers. There were many engagements in the capital, Georgetown.
“(He) met the most deprived members of society and went to see a local version of his Youth Business Trust. No gaffes. Ditto in South Africa, Lesotho, Jamaica, Malaysia, Singapore and Trinidad. He is manifestly suited to step in to the Queen’s shoes.”