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Solely 8.5% of Buckingham Palace staff are folks of colour

The Sovereign Grant report disclosed for the first time that the proportion of ethnic minority employees within the royal household is 8.5% — with a target of 10% by the end of 2022. According to a 2011 census, 14% of the population of England and Wales is non-White. In Scotland, 4% are non-White.

The yearly financial statement also revealed the royal household has continued to work on improving its diversity strategy, which existed before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s allegations of racism within the royal family earlier this year.

In the wake of the Sussexes’ revelations, Buckingham Palace issued a statement on behalf of the Queen describing the claims as “concerning,” adding that “they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”

While Harry and Meghan’s remarks addressed issues of diversity within the family, the new financial report deals only with royal staff.

As the financial statement was released, a senior palace source highlighted the diversity…

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