Buckingham Palace has confessed the royal household is not diverse enough, as it pulicizes its annual financial report.
The Sovereign Grant report revealed for the first time that the proportion of ethnic minority employees within the royal household is 8.5% and it targets to reach 10% by the end of 2022. As per a 2011 census, 14% of the population of England and Wales is non-White and In Scotland, 4% are non-White.
The yearly financial statement also exposed the royal household has continued to work on refining its diversity strategy, which was present before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s allegations of racism within the royal family earlier this year.
In their March interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry and Meghan mentioned there had been “concerns and conversations” over the color of Archie’s skin before he was born.
In the wake of the Sussexes’ disclosures, Buckingham Palace issued a statement on behalf of the Queen describing the accusations as “concerning,” adding that “they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
While Harry and Meghan’s remarks talked about issues of diversity within the family, the new financial report deals only with royal staff.
As the financial statement was publicized, a senior palace source highlighted the diversity and inclusion policies, training and programs in place but also recognized “we are not where we would like to be.”
“The results are not what we would like but we are committed to improving this,” the senior palace source mentioned. “Hence we’ve started to publish for the first time our diversity statistics to ensure that we are both open and transparent about our efforts to improve and we fully expect to be held accountable for the progress that we make.”
As per the palace source, the Queen and members of the royal family have “promoted and embraced” the diversity of the two, the nation and Commonwealth through their royal duties and “we therefore recognize that our own workforce needs to reflect the communities that we serve.”
“We have continuous engagement with external advisors, organizations that are at the grassroots level who sit on our steering committee — people who are able to give us a different voice, a different perspective and we recognize that we must do more.”
The annual financial statement does not refer the ongoing review into historical bullying accusations leveled at Meghan. The Palace appointed an external law firm earlier this year to probe the allegations.
Keeper of the Privy Purse, Sir Michael Stevens mentioned, “There is nothing on the bullying allegations review in the report and we have nothing to add to our initial statement at this time. The review is still progressing and as you would expect it would not be appropriate to comment on something while it is still in progress.”