Prince Harry has admitted that he did not know that unconscious racial prejudice existed until he "lived in my wife's shoes for a day or a week" after marrying Meghan Markle.
The 36-year-old Duke of Sussex spoke about racism in an interview with Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Blackinson for GQ magazine, admitting that his “upbringing” did not enable him to understand the subject.
Harry said, "As soon as you realize it or feel a little uncomfortable, it's up to you to go out and educate yourself because ignorance is no longer an excuse.
And subconscious prejudice, as I understand it, with the upbringing and training I had, I had no idea what it was. I had no idea it existed. And then, sadly as the saying goes, it took me many, many years to realize it, especially after living in my wife's shoes for a day or a week. & # 39;
Harry spoke of his £ 11 million home in Montecito, California, during a candid conversation with activist Hutchinson for the GQ Heroes conference this week.
The image of superhero father Hutchinson rescuing suspected far-right protester Bryn Male during the violence in London in June became an icon during BLM demonstrations.
In the interview, Harry also said:
- Men "especially" suffered from isolation during the coronavirus pandemic this year;
- Granted, "everyone gets into trouble at some point", but "it's important how you learn from them";
- Said "not everyone will get it right" when asked how white people are afraid of "saying the wrong thing".
Prince Harry reveals the "upbringing" he'd meant he had no clue about subconscious biases and walking in Meghan Markle's shoes for a week helped him understand
The Duke also spoke about the struggle of lockdown, especially for men, saying, “For so many people, but especially men, I believe everyone has suffered some form of isolation in the past eight or nine months.
“But for men who are isolated on their own, this can be a really dark place unless you know the different solutions or distractions you can bring into your life: whether it's a great walk or a run or just something that keeps you mentally and physically fit. So I love that. & # 39;
Also in the interview, Mr. Hutchinson admitted that he "had some problems with some of my friends" and Harry replied, "Everyone gets into trouble at some point. This is how you learn from it."
Harry also considered “saying the wrong thing” after Mr. Hutchinson told him, “Everything is up for discussion because there is so much to talk about and people don't need to be afraid. I think that can be part of it. For some white people, I think they can be scared. You are afraid of possibly saying the wrong thing. "
The Duke said, “Not everyone will get it right. And after everything I've seen, people are desperately trying to get it right – and even when they try to get it right, they're getting it massively wrong.
“And as long as everyone comes on it with an element of compassion, as you say, because it's scary to people and you're likely to be doing something wrong, just jump in both feet first.
"And you may still get it wrong, but I guarantee you the right support structure and people are in place." You know what? A word of warning: maybe do and don't say that. "
The interview was conducted last Monday, six weeks after GQ reached out to Harry to ask if he would like to speak to Mr. Hutchinson as part of the magazine's coverage in support of Black History Month.
The image of "superhero" father Hutchinson rescuing alleged far-right protester Bryn Male during the violence in London in June went viral worldwide.
Mr Male, a former Basingstoke, Hampshire police officer, was injured in a brawl during the protest in which he joined thousands of pounds in the capital to "defend" statues.
Some far-right thugs attacked the police and greeted the Nazis and protested against anti-racism protesters. Rival activists then sought revenge.
Mr Male, who was wearing a Millwall soccer jersey and allegedly swaying, was confronted near Waterloo Station and heard activists say, "*** k Black Lives Matter".
Prince Harry opened the GQ Heroes conference and his in-depth interview with Patrick Hutchinson was published in GQ magazine
He was beaten, fell over, then was picked up and supported by a 26-year-old musician named Tichmatic. But someone else kicked Mr. Male off the ground.
Pictures showed Tichmatic escorting Mr. Male down a flight of stairs to London's South Bank when a member of the mob blew up the former police officer with a kick in the back.
Mr. Hutchinson, a 6-foot-1-inch personal trainer from Croydon, south London, rescued the man when he was attacked by the angry crowd.
He has been described by MPs as "best human conduct," and his daughters said his actions would help create a better future.
Mr Hutchinson had traveled to London with four friends to prevent young anti-racism protesters from engaging in confrontations with far-right thugs.
The former IT analyst could be traced back to babysitting but answered a call from a friend who was putting together a team to keep the peace on the streets of the capital.
The iconic photo of superhero father Hutchinson rescuing protester Bryn Male during the violence in London in June
Mr. Hutchinson, who was born in Coventry and raised in Battersea, London, has four children ages eight, eleven, 25 and 30 and four grandchildren.
Harry and Mr. Hutchinson also spoke about the 1972 ITV sitcom Love Thy Neighbor, which has received a lot of criticism for its treatment of racial issues.
Mr. Hutchinson said, “If I saw this now, I would be absolutely horrified. But I saw that not too long ago. I sat and watched it, even enjoyed parts of it.
"So that tells you that we're going to make progress, and we're making progress, and there will be progress in ten years."
Prince Harry opened the GQ Heroes conference talking to Patrick Hutchinson and the full interview features in GQ magazine