LONDON — Prince Harry says it took him many years and the experience of living with his wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, to understand how his privileged upbringing shielded him from the reality of unconscious bias.
The prince talked about racial inequality and social justice in a video discussion with Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson as part of the GQ Heroes Conference, which is being broadcast this week.
“Unconscious bias, from my understanding, having had the upbringing and the education that I have, I had no idea what it was,” Harry said. “I had no idea it existed, and then, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realize it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife’s shoes.”
Harry, a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, was raised in the royal family and educated at the exclusive English prep school Eton before serving in the British Army. He married Markle, a biracial American television star, in 2018, in a church service at Windsor Castle