Buckingham Palace Policy: Ethnic Minorities Were Only Allowed To Work As Domestic Servants

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

3 Jun 2021

Buckingham Palace banned “coloured immigrants or foreigners” from office roles for the royal family, documents obtained by The Guardian newspaper revealed.

The policy which run until at least the late 1960s, was directly tied to Queen Elizabeth II, with her chief financial manager telling civil servants in 1968 it was “not … the practice to appoint coloured immigrants or foreigners” to clerical roles in the royal household.

It should be of no surprise however that said “coloured immigrants or foreigners” were however permitted to work as domestic servants for the royal family.

The documents also revealed that Queen Elizabeth II has been suspiciously exempt from race and gender equality laws for more than four decades since their introduction in the UK in the 1970s.

Palace officials claim the records demonstrated people from ethnic minority backgrounds were employed in the 1990s, not keeping records of employee race demographics prior to that.

They also assured the guardian that they have a separate process for hearing complaints relating to alleged discrimination, with the individuals working for the Queens household not able to launch complaints in UK courts in the event they believe they have been racially or gender discriminated against.

The news becomes just the latest in a long line of racist and or racially biased incidents the Royal Family has been embroiled in.