As the world knows, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are scheduled to get married on the 19th of May at the Windsor Castle in England. It goes without saying that fans of popular culture – and of fairy tales – are thrilled to be watching the infamous couple tie the knot.
However, according to a report from BET.com, one of the royal family members needs a “lesson in sensitivity.” A writer for The Guardian, Anita Sethi, claims Charles insinuated that she didn’t look like she was from Manchester, a city in Northwestern England, due to the color of her skin.
Anita and Charles reportedly met during the Commonwealth People’s Forum, and it was there where the ex-husband of the late Princess Diana said, “it doesn’t look like it!”
Anita – who is of Indian heritage – said she was “stunned by the gaffe.” Reportedly, Charles made the harmless – but slightly annoying – comment to Anita shortly before the Queen endorsed him as the next Head Of The Commonwealth.
Looking forward to readings from the brilliant new anthology, #WeMarkYourMemory including @anitasethi who will be reading from her moving piece, here at #CWPeople QE2 Centre, 5th floor at 5pm. pic.twitter.com/wOC7FLX4w6
— Commonwealth Writers (@cwwriters) April 17, 2018
Sethi wrote in her piece that she was “shocked” by his implication that a brown woman didn’t look like a British person.
Anita goes on to say that this is why people such as the Prince need a lesson in the history of the Commonwealth, in addition to colonialism and the British Empire.
And while some people are offended by Charles’ comments, most on social media looked at the incident as hardly a big deal. One person wrote, “anybody who uses the term ‘microaggression’ shouldn’t be taken seriously in my honest opinion.”
“Yeah, it’s kind of annoying when people assume you’re not from the country when you’re a person of color, but all-in-all, I wouldn’t say this is overly newsworthy. It’s just a bit of a stupid comment on Charles’ part if her story is true anyway.”