Rishi Sunak weighs in on Meghan Markle race debate - ‘Britain is not a racist country’

Rishi Sunak was asked about recent comments made by Jeremy Clarkson in which he said he hated Meghan Markle

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Rishi Sunak has weighed in on the race debate happening around recent comments made by Meghan Markle in the Harry & Meghan Netflix documentary.

In the documentary Prince Harry accused press coverage of Meghan as having “racist undertones” and that the “race element” meant she should receive special treatment and be protected by the Royal Family.

The Prime Minister was asked about recent comments made by Jeremy Clarkson.
The Prime Minister was asked about recent comments made by Jeremy Clarkson.

The Prime Minister was asked about recent comments made by Jeremy Clarkson in which he wrote he dreamed of Meghan being paraded through British towns naked while excrement was thrown at her.

Sunak insisted the UK is not a racist country, adding that “language matters”.

He said: “I think for everyone in public life, language matters. You asked about racism. Now, I’ve seen some of the things that have been said.

“I absolutely don’t believe that Britain is a racist country. And I’d hope that as our nation’s first British Asian Prime Minister when I say that it carries some weight.

“You know, I’m really proud of our country, its culture, its resilience, its beauty. And actually, it’s an enormous privilege to champion Britain and indeed, its institutions like the monarchy when I’m out and about on the world stage as I am here today.”

Clarkson has since apologised for the comments he made after receiving negative backlash.

The former Top Gear presenter tweeted: “Oh dear. I’ve rather put my foot in it. In a column I wrote about Meghan, I made a clumsy reference to a scene in Game of Thrones and this has gone down badly with a great many people. I’m horrified to have caused so much hurt and I shall be more careful in future.”