Prince William trended on Thursday after reports surfaced of remarks he made about conflict being common in both Africa and Asia.
The British royal made the remarks during a visit to support the Ukraine relief effort.
“Everyone is horrified by what they are seeing. The news every day, it’s almost unfathomable to actually witness it, to see it,” he said in the footage video. “For our generation, it’s very alien to see this in Europe. We’re all right behind you.”
He allegedly expressed that war is far more frequent in Africa and Asia.
Speaking to Newsweek, Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, a renowned commentator on race in Britain, denounced Prince William’s comments.
“William says it’s alien in Europe. This is on the back of two weeks of Western media also saying it’s alien in Europe, also saying Western countries are civilized. I’m sorry, if it’s alien in Europe, where is he referring to it as being normal?” she queried.
Russia recently invaded Ukraine. But in Prince William’s lifetime, there have been several conflicts involving Europe. Footage of his later mother, Princess Diana, visiting a former soldier who lost his leg in a mine blast, and civilians, during the Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, have resurfaced to dispute his claims.
Dr. Mos-Shogbamimi is calling former colonies to act:
“If countries like Jamaica and all these other non-white countries take him to task on it, he’s going to have to open his God given mouth and apologize,” she said. “Not because we need an apology but because he must be held to account.”
Prince Andrew is yet to apologize. However, social media now suspects that the prince could have been the royal Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, were referring to as the family member who questioned how dark their then-unborn son Archie would be once he was born.
The royal in question has still not been identified.
“This is coming out of the mouth of the future king of England. The person who sits at the very height of wealth and class. There is no justification for how Prince William could parrot the same language and rhetoric we’ve just spent the last week or two rebuffing,” Mos-Shogbamimu asserts.
“He’s basically saying what western media have been saying this past week. We’ve been complaining about the media coverage, the false comparison between the Ukrainian war and wars in Africa, Asia and other continents. It dehumanizes the lives of black and brown people.”