Social media users dragged Prince Charles for taking photos with Black health care workers shortly after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell racism claims.
The official Clarence House Instagram account posted pictures Tuesday of Prince Charles at Jesus House, a vaccination site in London.
The photo gallery was captioned: “Continuing Their Royal Highnesses’ work to encourage vaccine take-up, The Prince of Wales today visited @jesushouseuk in London.”
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TMZ reported Buckingham Palace said the future king’s visit was scheduled before Meghan and Harry’s interview aired, but that didn’t quiet criticism of the royal family.
Comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted: “You guys, Prince Charles is being photographed talking to black people today. Wow. Subtle.”
Social media user @EnClaudeNeuf tweeted a thumbs down emoji with his comment: “Using black people for optics like Prince Charles did at Jesus House. This is a perfect way to demonstrate that you’re not racist.”
@whatsthegrapes2 wrote: It’s safe to say, Prince Charles is one of the family members that inquired about Archie’s skin color. He’s across the pond playing spot the black. He made sure to gather all the Black people he could find to take a photo with him. Up next Prince Williams and Kate.
Meanwhile on Thursday, Prince William defended the royal family against racism claims. “We’re very much not a racist family,” William told reporters during a visit to an East London school.
There’s a racial reckoning underway in the U.K. after the allegations made by Harry and Meghan in their two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey.
A statement issued Tuesday on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, said the issues raised “are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
Also, controversial British host Piers Morgan exited his morning TV show earlier this week after coming under fire for criticizing Markle.