"They care passionately"

Queen and Royal Family Are Black Lives Matter Supporters, Says Aide

Queen and Royal Family Are Black Lives Matter Supporters, Says Aide

The Royal Family "easily" supports the Black Lives Matter movement, a top royal representative said in an interview today. The official, Sir Kenneth Olisa, spoke on behalf of the Queen and shared details of his conversations with the royals on the issue of race. See his comments below.

Queen Elizabeth II and her family are supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, according to an official who knows them well.

Sir Kenneth Olisa, who represents the Queen as a Lord-Lieutenant, spoke on the Royal Family's views on race in an interview today. He described his conversations with the royals and said they "easily" support BLM.

Queen and Royal Family support Black Lives Matter, aide says

Olisa, who is the first Black Lord-Lieutenant, said in full: "I have discussed with the royal household this whole issue of race particularly in the last 12 months since the George Floyd incident."

He added: "It's a hot conversation topic, as the question is what more can we do to bind society to remove these barriers. They care passionately about making this one nation bound by the same values."

As for if the royals support the Black Lives Matter movement, he said: "Well, the answer is easily yes."

Olisa has been Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London since 2015 and, in the role, personally represents the Queen.

Since making the comments, he has attracted criticism from some commentators for speaking on "politics" on behalf of the Queen — who typically remains apolitical.

His remarks may also clash with aspects of the Royal Family's ongoing racism controversy stemming from Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Royals still in racism controversy with Meghan and Harry

In the Oprah interview, the Duke and Duchess accused an unnamed family member (who is not the Queen) of making a racist comment about the colour of their unborn child's skin and implied that Meghan was treated unfairly in part because she is mixed race.

Afterward, Prince William diminished the claims and said the royals are "not a racist family." The Queen also called the allegations "concerning" but added that "recollections may vary."

During the height of the global protests against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, the Sussexes and the Cambridges quietly backed causes supporting BLM, and Harry and Meghan also publicly spoke in favour of the movement.