Family of Army officer called p*** by Prince Harry ‘say Royal Family isn’t racist’


The family of an Army officer called a p*** by Prince Harry have said claims the Royal Family is racist are ‘wrong.’

In 2009 he apologised after using the racial slur in a video he recorded himself during an Army training course.

In a grovelling apology he said he’d used the highly offensive term affectionately.

Horrified relatives of the target of the slur, Ahmed Raza Khan, who went to Sandhurst with the prince, said at the time they were “shocked” by the tape.

In an explosive interview with Oprah one of the revelations Harry and Meghan gave was that someone in the Royal Family had asked how dark Archie’s skin was likely to be before his birth.

Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special
Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special

Speaking to The Sun Mr Khan’s dad said he didn’t agree with claims of racism that emerged and he defended the Royal Family.

Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Abbasi said: “Prince Harry might have his problems with the family but I don’t agree with him at all.

“I don’t think the UK people or the Royal Family are racists.

“They are accommodating to people from all parts of the world and giving them access to the best facilities as citizens and residents.”

He went on to say he had met members of the Royal Family who he called ‘extremely polite and loving’ and said he didn’t see any racists in the UK.

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The shocking footage, uncovered by a Sunday newspaper, also showed Harry mocking military exercises and pretending to take a phone call from the Queen, while an officer cadet at Sandhurst in 2006.

A statement responding to the furore from St James Palace said: “Prince Harry fully understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offence.”

It added calling another colleague a “f****** raghead”, referencing a second video, was meant to refer to the Taliban.

An Army spokesman said at the time it did not tolerate “inappropriate behaviour in any shape or form,” and would be investigating.

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