Prince William faces ‘colonialism’ backlash for his Ukraine comments — Analysis
The Duke of Cambridge accused of colonialism for saying it was “very alien” to see war in Europe
Prince William is facing backlash after his visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Center in London to support relief efforts, where he stated it was “very alien” to see war in Europe, supposedly unlike some other regions of the world.
According to the prince, “It’s very alien to see this in Europe. We are all behind you,”Media reports suggested that his remarks implied that Britons are more used to conflict in areas like Africa or Asia.
The remark sparked a wave of backlash against the Duke of Cambridge, as many critics slammed the prince’s comment as racist and linked it to colonialism.
This is a terrible comment. Europeans ran rampant over Africa’s continent, plundering communities, raping and enslaving people, colonizing the land for power and profit, taking resources, and causing destruction that will last generations. Europe continues to cause harm to Africa. https://t.co/KRzfnVGQmN
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) March 10, 2022
Bernice King (chief executive at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change) was a tweeter: “Horrific comment. European people ran wild over Africa. They pillaged communities, raped women, enslaved human beings and colonized for power and profit. This caused generational destruction. The European countries continue to do harm to Africa.”
Others were perplexed by the ignorance of William’s statement, with human rights advocate Qasim Rashid writing: “How do you have a 1,000 year history of colonialism, a literal 100 year war, launch 2 World Wars, allow multiple genocides, & bomb a dozen nations since 9/11 alone—yet make this type of a statement.”
Prince William is facing a new backlash. This follows another controversy, which he caused in November. In that case, he claimed that human populations were placing pressure on Africa’s wildlife. “Conservationists are facing a major challenge due to the growing pressure on Africa’s wildlife, wild spaces and ecosystems as a result from human population. It is also a problem for everyone around the globe.”
A photo of William being carried on a throne by Africans also went viral in the wake of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s notorious interview with Oprah in 2021 where they insisted that the royal family was “not racist” but suggested one unnamed royal had made disparaging comments on the skin color of their son Archie before he was born.
The recent controversy comes ahead of Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s expected tour of the Caribbean in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.
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