Jane Moore has called on Prince Harry to acknowledge his own past shortcomings when it comes to dicussions on racism.
Discussing the Duke of Sussex’s speech via video link for yesterday’s Princess Diana Awards, where he apologised for ‘endemic’ institutionalised racism, the Loose Woman panelist said she would have liked to see him admitting to his own mistakes.
She referred specifically to a 2006 video, which surfaced three years later, showing the Prince using a derogatory term to describe a Pakistani soldier, which saw St James’s Palace apologise and the royal, then 25, sent to diversity course.
‘Any mistake that somebody’s made in the past can be forgiven, but for me, I would like him to have said, ‘”I myself have made mistakes”.
Jane Moore was reacting to Judy Love, who said that being married to a biracial woman could have pushed Harry to reflect on his own mistakes.
Discussing the Duke of Sussex’s speech via Zoom for last night’s Diana Awards, where he addressed the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK, the Loose Woman panelist Jane Moore said she would have liked to see Prince Harry admitting to his own racist past
The royal had to attend an equality and diversity course in 2009 after a video shot in 2006 showed him using a racial slur during his training at Sandhurst when he was 21 (pictured in Remembrance Sunday in his uniform in 2007)
‘For me, that’s what was missing,’ Jane told the panel. ‘He himself has a history.
‘A video was leaked out where he was saying some very inappropriate non PC things, and St James’s Palace had to issue an apology and he got sent onto some sort of diversity course.
She said she would have rather the Duke of Sussex had apologised for his own actions, rather than ‘lumping everybody in the same thing and going on apologising for the whole of our generation and society’.
‘I think I don’t think need Prince Harry to apologise for me, because I’ve not done the things that he’s done in his past,’ she said.
Jane Moore said it would have been a more powerful statement if Harry ad owned up to his own mistakes
‘I thought it would have been more powerful if he had actually said, “Look, I’ve made mistakes”.’
The 2006 video was recorded when Harry was 21 and training at Sandhurst military academy. It resurfaced 2009, after the Prince had already been embroiled in controvery for wearing a Nazi officer costume to a Halloween party in 2005.
In the video, Harry could be heard while filming and using the offensive term ‘our little P*** friend’ while introducing an officer to the camera. In another instance, he called another officer a ‘rag-head.’
It was circulated by the now defunct News of the World.
At the time, St James’s Palace had insisted that Harry had not used the word with any malicious intent. They also had added the prince understood how offensive the term was.
Fellow panelist Judy Love noted Harry was perhaps reflecting on his past mistakes now that he was married to a woman of Black heritage (pictured on Commonwealth Day with Meghan Markle)
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said at the time: ‘Neither the Army nor the Armed Forces tolerates inapropriate behaviour in any shape or form, and all substantive allegations are investigated.
‘We are not aware of any complaint being made by the individual.’
In the days following the incriminating video, Harry was then sent on a an equality and diversity course.
Now, 11 years on, the royal addressed the Black Lives Matter movement, which has found new strength following the police killing of George Floyd in the US.
The panel was discussing the Duke of Sussex’s speech during the Diana Wards where he shafred his wife’s apology for endemic institutionalised racism
Referring to Meghan’s speech supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, Harry joined her in apologising that they hadn’t got the world to a place where young people ‘deserve to be’.
Speaking from a personal point of view, Harry said: ‘My wife said recently that our generation and the ones before us haven’t done enough to wipe the wrongs of the past. I too am sorry.
‘Sorry that we haven’t got the world to the place where you deserve it to be. Institutional racism has no place in our societies, yet it is still endemic.
‘Unconscious bias must be acknowledged without blame to create a better world for all of you. I want you to know that we are committed to being part of the solution and to being part of the change that you are all leading. Now is the time and we know that you can do it.’