A New Zealand politician gave a very blunt response to a question of royal racism in light of Oprah Winfrey's captivating interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said she was not surprised the British royal family was worried about what color Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son would be when Markle was first pregnant with Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The co-leader of New Zealand's Māori Party was unsurprised about Meghan Markle's revelation. https://t.co/rfjloHpvjm— HuffPost (@HuffPost) 1615437731.0
Over the weekend, global audiences were riveted by the much-anticipated interview in which Markle opened up about her miscarriage and discussed allegations of racism against the Crown.
When asked about "Harry and Meghan's revelation the Royals were concerned about the color of their child's skin," the New Zealand member of Parliament answered:
"Well, it is the Crown. I don't know why everyone is so surprised that the Crown is racist."
The video captured by Newshub was shared on Twitter—which you can see, below.
This was literally the perfect response 😂 @packer_deb https://t.co/0RqVR5W1X9— Court 🤎 (@Court 🤎) 1615332152.0
In the tell-all interview over the weekend, Markle said she was told her son Archie would not have a royal title and would not be entitled to security.
The former Suits actress additionally said there were concerns "about how dark his skin might be" but did not reveal the identity of the individuals who were worried about the color of her son's skin.
Twitter was here for Ngarewa-Packer's blunt response and opinion about the British monarchy.
@HuffPost I love it when the truth is easily spoken.— CiCi Knight (@CiCi Knight) 1615475132.0
@mapmakerdavid @packer_deb @Maori_Party This should be viral ... that was a genuine response for a conversation tha… https://t.co/0prrqr5BPW— mrsboss960104 (@mrsboss960104) 1615477014.0
@mapmakerdavid @Maori_Party @packer_deb It was https://t.co/iIOFO7mCWi— Dr Aleisha Ward (@Dr Aleisha Ward) 1615336762.0
@mapmakerdavid @Maori_Party @packer_deb Absolute legend.— Sayre Hout (@Sayre Hout) 1615406800.0
Ngarewa-Packer was not alone in drawing direct line between colonization by the British Empire and White supremacist racism.
@SamObiWon Just her talking about all the countries in the Commonwealth is a reminder of the country’s history of c… https://t.co/m5B7TtmDNd— LongDaVision➗Hoang (@LongDaVision➗Hoang) 1615209451.0
Trying to wrap my head around people being shocked by the Royal Family's racism???? Like the British didn't perpetu… https://t.co/abRKjczJYA— Jordan (@Jordan) 1615314462.0
I mean the royal family did fund their pockets off slavery and colonization ..racism shouldn't be a shock, sad they… https://t.co/xG84uWQKKw— 6 foot 6 (@6 foot 6) 1615172053.0
Centuries of historical imperialism, colonization, racism, warfare, slave-trading and pillaging: "OMG, YAS Queen,… https://t.co/TMjVE1FjM9— RobiSense 🏝🌊 (@RobiSense 🏝🌊) 1615217761.0
Can you imagine the English royal house trying to distance itself from racism and colonization. #OprahMeghanHarry— Kagiso Legotlo (@Kagiso Legotlo) 1615234814.0
The New Zealand politician's opinion of the Crown was nothing new.
Ngarewa-Packer—who is also the leader and chief executive of the Ngāti Ruanui—is an outspoken critic of the Crown and called for them to apologize for the horrible mistreatment of the Māori in her maiden speech.
She said in her powerful opening statement:
"I stand here as a descendant of a people who survived a holocaust, a genocide, sponsored by this House and members of Parliament whose portraits still hang from the walls."
"Members of this Parliament who sought our extermination and created legislation to achieve it."
She added that Representatives of the Crown had confiscated her people's land, imprisoned them without trial, and murdered and raped their women and children and deliberately engineered their displacement for generations to come.
Are we even surprised that the royal family is perpetuating racism? When the whole organization was built during co… https://t.co/16Lt7XWq3N— Sabina Dorvile #FREEHAITI 🇭🇹 (@Sabina Dorvile #FREEHAITI 🇭🇹) 1615176849.0
A mixed race American married the grandson of the most prominent living figurehead of colonization on the planet an… https://t.co/Z2ExDc9cGv— Iron King (@Iron King) 1615230955.0
Ngarewa-Packer said it was important for Parliament to represent her tīpuna and ensure "this place never ever forgets the impact of racist legislation."