The royal family has become embroiled in a racism row after it’s been claimed that female, black and ethnic minority soldiers have been largely excluded from the Queen’s Body Guard.
According to The Express, retired Regimental Sergeant Major Tod O’Brien looked into the matter after he couldn’t apply for a spot with the group.
He allegedly found that no women above the rank of Brigadier, people from an ethnic background or black people had served in the Queen’s Body Guard in 500 years.
Tod, who has Indian heritage, claims he applied to be a member of the Queen’s Body Guard and was reportedly told that it’s by invite only.
“If you look at any pictorial or documentary evidence of the Queen’s Body Guard then you cannot find anyone black or female,” he told The Express.
"It’s all white men".
"I don’t hold any blame towards the Queen – I think this is all done around her but the bottom line is, if we are good enough to fight and die for our Queen and country then we are good enough to serve in her Body Guard?”
Tod apparently spent 22 years with the Royal Corps of Signals and 13 years with the police before enquiring about joining the Queen’s Guard.
The Queen’s Guard are the main body charged with guarding the Queen’s residences, including Buckingham Palace and Sandringham Estate.
Buckingham Palace has been accused of discrimination in the past, after an employee claimed she was subjected to racial abuse while she was employed there.
“There were always black jokes and names going round because it is the royal family and it is still very protected,” former personal secretary to Price Charles, Elizabeth Burgess, told a tribunal at Highgrove, according to the Independent.
However, she lost her claim when the Prince’s solicitor said her comments were “outrageous”.
In July, Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, who is Gahnian-born and fought in Afghanistan, became the first black equerry to ever serve in British history.
His job is to assist with official engagements and he also welcomes guests to the Queen’s residences.
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