Buckingham Palace Must Do Better On Diversity, Says Royal Source
Buckingham Palace, which has come under fire from Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan for the way it deals with race, has not done enough to increase diversity among staff, a senior royal source has said.
In its annual report on the Sovereign Grant, which details the queen's taxpayer-funded spending, the palace said on Wednesday that only 8.5% of its staff were from ethnic minorities, the first time it has given such a breakdown.
"We recognise we are not where we would like to be," said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"Her Majesty and members of the royal family have promoted and embrace the diversity of our nation and that of the Commonwealth, and we therefore recognise that our own workforce needs to reflect the communities that we serve. We haven't made the progress that we would like, and we can do better."
The palace says it aims to have 10% of staff from ethnic minorities by the end of 2022.