‘You don’t sound black’: Prince Harry in new race rowFebruary 11th, 2009 - 9:17 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 11 (IANS) Britain’s Prince Harry has sparked a new race row after allegedly telling a celebrity comedian that he did not “sound like a black chap”.
Comedian Stephen K. Amos told Channel Five television Tuesday that the prince made the remark when they met after a stand-up comedy show put up for his father Prince Charles’ 60th birthday celebrations in November 2008.
Amos said: “I’ll let you into a secret. When I finished the show… Prince Harry comes up to me and goes, ‘Oh, tell me, amusing, but you don’t sound like a black chap’.”
As the television show presenter looked on in disbelief, Londoner Amos continued: “I wanted to say (in a West Indian accent) ‘How is I supposed to sound?’”
Asked if the remark had been made in jest, Amos replied: “I hope it was,” but put it down to a poor attempt at making small talk.
The row comes a month after Harry was forced to apologise for calling a Sandhurst colleague from Pakistan as “our little Paki friend”.
Last month, the Daily Telegraph revealed that Charles and his two sons affectionately refer to their Indian friend Kolin Dhillon, a fellow member of Cirencester Polo club, as “Sooty”.
Naomi Byron, national secretary of Youth Against Racism in Europe, told The Mirror: “Many young people will be disgusted by his remark - how is a black man meant to sound?”
“But it is not just Prince Harry that is at fault. The aristocratic, rich circles he moves in obviously don’t have a problem with this kind of racist stereotyping.”
Former Commission for Racial Equality chairman Lord Herman Ouseley said: “It is very sad that Prince Harry thinks black people all talk in the same way. It just goes to show how ill-educated members of the upper classes can be.”
A spokesman for the royals refused to comment.
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