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UK royals banned minorities from office jobs for decades

Saeed Pourreza 
Press TV, London

Allegations of institutional racism continue to haunt Britain’s monarchy. A damning report by left-wing newspaper, the guardian, on how Britain’s royal officials banned ethnic minorities from clerical roles up until the 1960s even as the country went through a youth-driven cultural revolution. That against the backdrop of racism allegations from some members of the royal family and denials from others.

In a year not short of drama, the British Royal family is embroiled in yet another scandal: claims of historical racism. Unearthing documents in the UK National Archives, the guardian has revealed Palace officials banned quote- “colored immigrants or foreigners” from serving in clerical roles in the royal household until at least the late 1960s. Instead, they were permitted to work as domestic servants.

The archive documents also reveal Queen Elizabeth II has been exempt from race and gender equality laws since their introduction in the Kingdom in the 1970s, prohibiting individuals working for her household from suing on discrimination grounds. That exception remains in place to this day. 

The new findings come on the heels of allegations earlier this year of racism within the ranks of the royal family from two of its members.

This week the queen is celebrating a huge annual spectacle to celebrate her reign. The palace has called the event ‘an opportunity for communities across the UK to come together to celebrate this historic milestone. Will the new elevations put a damper on the monarch’s so-called Platinum Jubilee?


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