Prince Charles spoke out after some players on England's team — Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho — were victims of racial abuse, as they failed to win the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, July 11.
“'Recognizing the rich diversity of cultures which make this country so special – and in many ways unique – lies at the heart of what we can be as a nation,' - The Prince of Wales, Windrush Day 2020," Charles, 72, wrote on Twitter. "Well done @England on your fantastic #Euro2020 performance! You made us proud."
For his part, Prince William also spoke out about the incident. "I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match. It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour," he tweeted. "It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable."
However, people were quick to call out William, 39, as he never stuck up for Meghan Markle, who is half white and half Black.
One person wrote, "See the hypocrisy, where were you when your brother's wife was being harassed, vilified?? Where was this energy, William? You would have even kept quiet than putting out this statement, you must be even the one who questioned the baby's skin color," while another added, "Yet, you were OK with Meghan Markle being the victim of rampant racism from members of Royal Family. You can’t have it both ways."
A third user added, "Perhaps if you have a spare ten minutes search the name 'Meghan' and have a deep reflection," while someone fumed, "You are not qualified! Is racism only unacceptable when aimed at England players???"
While speaking to Oprah Winfrey in March, the former actress, 39, claimed that someone in the royal family was "concerned" over Archie's skin color.
Shortly after the interview aired, Queen Elizabeth snapped back. “The following statement is issued by Buckingham Palace on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen,” the statement, which was shared on social media on Tuesday, March 9, began.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Meghan and Harry. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members," the message continued.
William also told reporters: "We are very much not a racist family."