What Brits think about Meghan Markle as first mixed-race Princess?

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‘It does NOT matter’ Majority of Brits ACCEPT Meghan Markle as first mixed-race Princess

EIGHT in ten British citizens have ‘no issue’ with Meghan Markle becoming the UK’s first princess from an ethnic minority, according to a poll conducted by think tank British Future.

Prince Harry will be the first British royal to marry a spouse from an ethnic minority when they wed at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on May 19, 2018.

Research conducted by the think tank shows that 22 per cent of individuals believe the union is good for the country.

Sunder Katwala, director of British Future, commented on the findings saying: “The Harry and Meghan generation have grown up in a diverse Britain and have higher expectations of our society which deserve to be met.”

The poll also shows that 57 per cent of individuals think the union ‘simply does not matter’.

The research was conducted to mark the 50th anniversary since British MP Enoch Powell’s infamous anti-immigration Rivers of Blood speech which caused outrage and led to his sacking.

Enoch Powell was fired by Ted Heath after delivering a speech in 1968 criticising mass immigration Photo (C) GETTY
Enoch Powell was fired by Ted Heath after delivering a speech in 1968 criticising mass immigration Photo (C) GETTY

Powell delivered his speech to the Conservative Political Centre in Birmingham in 1968, in which he criticised mass immigration and in particular from Commonwealth countries.

In his speech he said: “We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependents, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant descended population.”

The anti-immigration statements caused a political uproar and Conservative leader Ted Heath sacked him shortly afterwards, saying the speech was “racialist in tone and liable to exacerbate racial tensions”.

The Harry and Meghan generation have grown up in a diverse Britain and have higher expectations of our society which deserve to be met

Sunder Katwala

The MP was also attacked in the media, with The Times declaring: “This is the first time that a serious British politician has appealed to racial hatred in this direct way in our post-war history.”

Prince Harry will be the first British royal to marry a spouse from an ethnic minority Photo (C) GETTY
Prince Harry will be the first British royal to marry a spouse from an ethnic minority Photo (C) GETTY

Margaret Thatcher said Powell’s speech had “made a valid argument, if in sometimes regrettable terms”.

The research conducted by the think tank found that despite strong improvements in racial equality in Britain in the intervening 50 years, there still remains a long way to go.

Notably, the study found that racial prejudice is still prevalent among 12 per cent of individuals who think it is bad for a mixed race individual to be marrying into the royal family.

The study was however decidedly more optimistic in revealing that 75 per cent of Britons are today comfortable with the idea of their children marrying someone of a different ethnicity.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attends the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair PHoto (C) GETTY
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attends the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair PHoto (C) GETTY

In the political sphere, 80 per cent of Britons have no issue with the idea of having a Prime Minister of a different ethnicity.

And more than 90 per cent of Britons are at ease with doctors, teachers, police and work colleagues from different ethnic backgrounds.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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