Prince Harry says he 'didn't know unconscious bias existed' until he 'walked a day in Meghan Markle's shoes'
PRINCE Harry says he didn't know unconscious bias existed until he married Meghan Markle and 'walked a day in her shoes'.
In a new interview, the royal said it wasn't until he was "living a day or a week in my wife's shoes" that he was able to understand the term.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, spoke about racism in an interview with BLM activist Patrick Hutchinson for GQ magazine.
And he admitted his "upbringing and education" did not equip him to understand the issue.
He said: "Once you realise or you feel a little bit uncomfortable, then the onus is on you to go out and educate yourself, because ignorance is no longer an excuse.
"And unconscious bias, from my understanding, having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was.
"I had no idea it existed.
"And then, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realise it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife's shoes."
Unconscious bias is a social stereotype about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness.
Speaking from his mansion in LA, the prince said he feels optimistic for the future.
"There's lots of work to do. But I genuinely feel as though the world is actually very much heading in the right direction," he said.
"But, inevitably, a lot of the pain has to come to the surface before we can actually turn the page and start the new chapter."
And he thanked "guardian angel" Patrick, who made headlines around the world when he was pictured rescuing a rival white activist during clashes in London.
"Millions, if not hundreds of millions of people – will have seen that photo of you giving the fireman's lift to the guy at the protests in London," the prince said.
During a long chat between the two men, Prince Harry said he and Meghan had reached out to Ashley Banjo after Diversity performed a Black Lives Matter-inspired routine on Britain's Got Talent.
Ofcom received more than 24,000 complaints after the routine.
The royal also asked about Patrick's experiences of lockdown – and said the situation has left many men suffering in silence.
"For men who are isolated by themselves this can be a really dark place, unless you know the different solutions or different distractions that you can put into your life: whether it's going for a great walk or a run or just doing something that keeps you mentally and physically fit," he said.
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