Buckingham Palace isn’t hiring a diversity chief right now despite having a low percentage of non-white employees

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Buckingham Palace isn’t hiring a diversity chief anymore. WPA Pool / Pool / Chris Jackson / Staff / Getty Images
  • Buckingham Palace made plans to hire a diversity chief.
  • But new reports say the monarchy is not searching for someone to fill the role anymore.
  • Only 8.5% of Buckingham Palace’s staff members are from ethnic minority backgrounds.
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Buckingham Palace is no longer searching for a diversity chief, according to a new report from Harper’s Bazaar.

The Mail On Sunday reported in March that Queen Elizabeth intended to hire a ‘diversity czar’ to help modernize the monarchy.

The royal family began looking for someone to fill the role after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle accused the royal family of making racist remarks about Archie before he was born.

However, just three months later, Buckingham Palace is reportedly no longer aiming to hire a diversity chief.

It was unclear at the time of writing why the palace stopped trying to fill the job. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on this story when contacted by Insider.

The news comes after the Royal Household revealed only 8.5% of its employees came from ethnic minority backgrounds in its annual financial report.

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The royal family stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to view a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) on July 10, 2018. Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

“Her Majesty and the Royal Family have promoted and embraced the diversity of our nation and that of the Commonwealth, and we recognize that our own workforce needs to reflect the communities we serve,” a palace source told Insider of the lack of diversity in its staff.

“We recognize we are not where we would like to be and that despite all our efforts to target recruitment, train managers and build an inclusive workplace, the results have not been what we would like,” they went on to say.

“But we are committed to improving this, hence we have started to publish diversity statistics to ensure we are open and transparent about our efforts to improve,” they said. “We fully expect to be held accountable regarding our progress.”

In addition, The Guardian published a report on June 2 stating that “colored immigrants or foreigners” were once banned from working office jobs in the royal household through at least the late 1960s. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on when the ban was lifted, according to The Guardian.

The report also noted that the Queen is exempt from race and gender equality laws that were introduced in the 1970s, so people who are ethnic minorities and women who worked at the royal household could not make legal complaints about discrimination.