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Royals ‘couldn’t handle beautiful’ Meghan Markle, claims controversial academic

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A Cambridge academic has sparked fury with her opinions once again as she criticised the royals for not talking about the Crown’s "ties" to slavery.

Professor Priyamvada Gopal, who previously called the author of the controversial race report a Nazi, added that the Royal Family was a "white" institution that had profited from the British Empire.

The professor of Postcolonial Studies at Churchill College already caused an uproar last week after comparing Dr Tony Sewell, author of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, to Adolf Hitler’s propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

Her latest jibes came when she was questioned by Talk Radio’s Nick de Bois, about past comments where she said the monarchy was a "white supremacist organisation" which the radio host deemed offensive.

Dr Gopal explained: "[It's] an institution invested in whiteness and where whites dominate.

"The monarchy is deeply implicated in the project of empire; a lot of what it possesses came right out of the imperial project.

"This is not a monarchy that has ever talked about its ties to the empire – or to slavery for that matter.

"The monarchy couldn’t even handle a light-skinned beautiful woman. She was the wife of a prince and was drummed out of this country by the media."

Dr Gopal then added that she refuses to apologise for her comments or for liking tweets that claimed Prince Philip was the royal who Meghan and Harry claimed had concerns over how "dark Archie's skin would be".

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In her defence, she said that Prince Philip had made many "racial slurs" over the years.

However, Oprah Winfrey confirmed that the comment was not made by Prince Philip or her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

The American TV host said on CBS: "[Prince Harry] did not share the identity with me but he wanted to make sure I knew, and if I had an opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother or grandfather that were part of those conversations."

Dr Gopal, who liked the tweets during Prince Philip's stay in hospital also claims that Dr Sewell’s race report was "rigged" and "reads like a propaganda document".

In response to the document, she tweeted: "Even Dr Goebbels had a research PhD."

Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German Nazi politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.

He was one of Adolf Hitler's closest and most devoted associates.

In February Dr Gopal led a Cambridge debate in which academics discussed Churchill’s views of "white supremacy" and his "mythic status" in British public life.

Birmingham City University’s Professor Kehinde Andrews used the debate to brand the British Empire "far worse than the Nazis".

Buckingham Palace released a short, 61-word statement on behalf of the monarch, 94, two days after the Oprah interview aired in the US.

While the Queen said the family was "saddened" to hear of Meghan and Harry's challenges and stated "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members," she also remarked that "some recollections may vary" when it comes to the issues and concerns raised in their interview.

  • Meghan Markle
  • Royal Family
  • Prince Harry

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