Buckingham Palace lags behind on workplace diversity and admits it ‘must do more’


Buckingham Palace has published its first figures on ethnic minority staffing – including data that shows the royal family lags behind many other British institutions on workplace diversity.

Annual accounts for 2020-2021 show the ethnic minority workforce ratio is just 8.5 percent – with a target of 10 percent for 2022 – with the palace acknowledging it “must do more” to increase racial representation.

In 2017, 16.0% of working age people in England and Wales were from non-white minorities, according to the Office for National Statistics. In London, where Buckingham Palace and Clarence House are located, the figure is as high as 40 per cent.

The figures come after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex themselves alleged racism within the royal family during an Oprah Winfrey interview in March.

A senior palace source said the royal family had published the figures so there was “no place to hide” and so they would be held accountable if there was no future progress.

“We are not where we want to be despite our efforts,” the source told PA.

The makeup of the royal family is in contrast to other historical outfits.

A total of 65 MPs (10 percent) in the House of Commons are from an ethnic minority background – the highest proportion on record.

In the civil services, 13 per cent were from ethnic minority backgrounds in 2020, up from nine per cent in 2010.

In the NHS across England, the figure is 22 per cent, while in the BBC it is 16 per cent overall – but only 12 per cent at the leadership level.

Even magistrates tend to be more diverse than the royal house, with ethnic minority magistrates making up 13 percent of the total.

Diversity data in the public domain

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Diversity data in the public domain

The palace source said: “We have a constant engagement with outside consultants, organizations that are at the grassroots level who sit on our steering committee, people who have been able to give us a different voice, a different perspective.”

The source added: “And we believe we should do more. One of the key points about the publication of our statistics, which is actually on a voluntary basis, is that there is no place to hide.”

The Prince of Wales’ family said the proportion of ethnic minority staff was also 8 per cent, while Kensington Palace declined to release its staff diversity figures.

The Queen’s family changed its diversity strategy in early 2020, long before the Oprah interview, which “actively emphasizes the importance of inclusion”.

Previously, diversity was the Tsar’s plans to help assess and improve representation. But a palace source said on Wednesday that there are no specific plans for such an appointment now, although it was not ruled out.

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The Queen issued a statement saying the issues raised would be dealt with privately as a family, but “some memories may differ”.

A palace source said on Wednesday that the Queen and the Royal Family had embraced Britain’s diversity.

“Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family have actively promoted and embraced the diversity of our nation and Commonwealth, and we move from that,” he said.

After interviewing Oprah, the Duke of Cambridge defended the monarchy against Harry and Meghan’s claims, saying “we are not a very racist family”.

However, royal families are exempted from a law designed to prevent race discrimination. Campaigners recently lobbied for the exemption to be reversed and the royal family was “brought in line with the rest of the public sphere” after Meghan and Harry’s allegations of racism independent Reported.

Prominent equality campaigner Patrick Vernon OBE said, “It was quite clear from hearing Meghan that she had at least three protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act, where she portrayed a pregnant, mixed-race woman with mental health problems.” experienced discrimination.”

“If Meghan had been working for the NHS or the Met Police, she would have had the right to take further action.”

Royal accounts also showed that the monarchy spent £87.5 million of taxpayer money between 2020/2021, a 26 percent increase from £69.4 million in 2019/2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic was.

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