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Queen supports Black Lives Matter movement, says royal representative

The Queen and the Royal Family are strong supporters of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, one of Her Majesty's representatives has said.

Sir Ken Olisa, the first black Lord-Lieutenant for London, revealed to a Channel 4 programme that he had spoken to the royals about racism after George Floyd's tragic murder in the US.

He said: "I have discussed with the royal household this whole issue of race particularly in the last 12 months since the George Floyd incident.

"It's a hot conversation topic. The question is what more can we do to bind society to remove these barriers.

"They [the royals] care passionately about making this one nation bound by the same values."

Asked if the palace support BLM, Sir Ken said: "The answer is easily yes."

During the programme, Black To Front, which airs on Friday at 7pm, Sir Ken also said the Queen had sought his advice after the Grenfell fire on whether to visit the site of the tragedy.

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He said he advised the palace to go, but added: "I remember thinking as it all happened, it was quite scary, we didn't know whether she would be booed or have things thrown at her etcetera and when she got out of the car all these people applauded."

It comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex accused the royal family of racism in their Oprah Winfrey interview earlier this year.

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Meghan alleged an unnamed royal – not the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh – raised concerns with Harry about how dark their son Archie's skin would be before he was born.

The couple also suggested racism could be a factor behind the decision to deny Archie security protection or the title of prince.

The Queen later issued a statement saying that the issues raised would be dealt with privately, but that "some recollections may vary".

The Duke of Cambridge added to a reporter while at an event days after the interview: "We're very much not a racist family."

Buckingham Palace has also admitted it "must do more" and is "not where it would like to be" in terms of diversity, after publishing figures that revealed its proportion of ethnic minority employees stands at just 8.5%, with a target of 10% for 2022.

*Black To Front airs on Friday at 7pm on Channel 4

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