Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Foundation is pushing for more diversity.
The charity’s recent 2020 trustees’ report concedes that while “formal targets for diversity of the Board have not previously been set,” they want inclusion to become a “particular focus” going forward.
“The Royal Foundation remains committed to equality and diversity and to ensuring a positive, safe and respectful environment which promotes the wellbeing and dignity of its employees, applicants, partners, suppliers and those whose interests it represents,” the report states.
The 44-page document examines the foundation and its finances from January to December of 2020, during which time Harry, 36, and Markle, 40, resigned from their duties as senior royals.
Markle, who is biracial, later claimed in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey that members of the royal family had expressed concerns about the color of her and Harry’s son Archie’s skin.
While the couple did not share which royals allegedly made the comments, Harry confirmed that it was not Queen Elizabeth II or her late husband, Prince Philip.
“That conversation I’m never going to share, but at the time, it was awkward; I was a bit shocked,” the prince said in March.
The trustees’ report also states that William and Middleton’s foundation is committed to being a “mentally healthy workplace” and notes that they have “a number of wellbeing initiatives” for their employees.
The charity’s push for more mental health initiatives comes after Markle revealed in the same interview with Winfrey, 67, that she experienced suicidal thoughts after marrying into the royal family.
The “Suits” alum, who also shares daughter Lilibet with the Duke of Sussex, further claimed to have been rebuffed when she reached out to the royal institution for professional help.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, notably had a falling out with Harry and Markle amid Megxit and have not been on good terms since.