The Royal Family was the punchline of Daniel Kaluuya's opening joke on Saturday Night Live this week. The Get Out actor led off his first-ever SNL hosting gig with a joke on his being both Black and British.
SNL: Daniel Kaluuya's monologue with Royal Family joke
Here's how the joke went: "First of all, I know you're hearing my accent and thinking, 'Oh no, he's not Black, he's British,'" Kaluuya began.
"Let me reassure you that I am Black," he continued. "I'm Black and I'm British. Basically I'm what the Royal Family was worried the baby would look like." Kaluuya's joke was met with roaring laughter and a few audible groans from the SNL audience.
The monologue continued with jokes on comparing American and British racism, Kaluuya getting muted on Zoom during his Golden Globe win for Judas and the Black Messiah, and his fandom of Kenan & Kel.
Royal Family still in the spotlight after the Oprah interview
Of course, Kaluuya's joke referenced the allegations of racism that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan made against the Royal Family in their interview with Oprah Winfrey last month. Specifically, the couple accused an unnamed family member of expressing "concern" about how "dark" the skin of their future children might be.
In response to the interview, Buckingham Palace released a statement that said, "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."
It's unlikely that official word will ever come on the story of racist comments, but a royal author recently claimed to know the truth of the incident and placed blame on Harry and Meghan in her version of the story.