Prince Harry: I Had No Idea Unconscious Bias Existed Until I Lived A Day In My Wife’s Shoes

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle

Prince Harry: I Had No Idea Unconscious Bias Existed Until I Lived A Day In My Wife’s Shoes

Prince Harry says he only became aware of unconscious racial bias after spending time in the shoes of his wife, Meghan Markle. He said in a recent interview:

“Unconscious bias, from my understanding, having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was. I had no idea it existed. And then, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realize it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife’s shoes.”

Prince Harry then added that he feels like unconscious bias starts with “people within positions of power.”

“Whether it’s politics or whether it’s the media, where if you’re not aware of your own bias and you’re not aware of the culture within your system, then how are we ever going to progress? How are we ever going to get to that point where there is more fairness?”

Prince Harry continued:

“Because it’s not a zero-sum game, right? Everyone benefits if the black community gets treated the way they should be treated.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave birth to their first son Archie last year, and as a new dad, Prince Harry says his job is to leave the world better than he found it.

“Being a dad myself, the whole point in life, I guess, for me, is to try to leave the world in a better place than when you found it.  It’s going to take every single one of us to really change things and anyone that’s pushing against it really needs to take a long, hard look at themselves in the mirror.”

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Earlier this month Prince Harry says that he recently had an awakening to the racial issues that go unnoticed globally.  He and Meghan Markle sat down with London’s Evening Standard and shared their thoughts on race relations around the world.

Prince Harry explained:

“I’ve had an awakening as such of my own. I wasn’t aware of so many of the issues and so many of the problems within the UK, but also globally as well. I thought I did — but I didn’t.”

He added:

“When you go into a shop with your children and you only see White dolls, do you even think, ‘that’s weird, there is not a Black doll there?’ I use that as just one example of where we as White people don’t always have the awareness of what it must be like for someone else of a different colored skin, of a Black skin, to be in the same situation as we are, where the world that we know has been created by White people for White people.”

He continued:

“It is not about pointing the finger, it is not about blame. I will be the first person to say, again, this is about learning. And about how we can make it better. I think it is a really exciting time in British culture and British history and in world culture. This is a real moment that we should be grasping and actually celebrating. Because no one else has managed to do this before us.”

Meghan Markle went on to salute the Black Lives Matter movement and said it’s helped put a spotlight on racism in the United States and abroad. She said recent protests have been “inflammatory for a lot of people” and added:
“But when there is just peaceful protest and when there is the intention of just wanting community and just wanting the recognition of equality, then that is a beautiful thing. While it has been challenging for a lot of people certainly having to make this reckoning of historical significance that has got people to the place that they are, that is uncomfortable for people. We recognize that. It is uncomfortable for us.”
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Authored by: Demi Lobo