#PrinceHarryIsARacist Is Trending On Twitter, Is That Fair?

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However Prince Harry hasn’t kept up a Twitter account in the past few years, he’s been taking some heat on the social media network recently over his past behavior. “#PrinceHarryIsARacist” has been trending on and off as some social media users rehash the Duke of Sussex’s previous racist scandals, including the infamous occasion when he wore a Nazi uniform. We examine the reasons for these scandals’ resurgence, and we look at the most vocal accounts to figure out why. 

Why #PrinceHarryIsARacist Trended On Twitter

A hashtag has trended on and off over the last day or so that is bringing past scandals to the surface again for Prince Harry that he’d probably rather stay buried. Harry’s upcoming UN address on Mandela Day, July 18, is likely the spark that inspired this hashtag. To get an idea of the personalities behind the hashtag, we also looked at the Twitter accounts that used it. 

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The hashtag first began appearing on July 12, with some Twitter users recalling Harry’s 2005 scandal, where he attended a costume party dressed in a Nazi uniform, complete with a swastika patch. Shortly after photos of the prince were published, Harry issued an apology which, by today’s standards, isn’t the best we’ve seen. 

Prince Harry’s Nazi Uniform Apology

Harry made the following statement at the time: “I am very sorry if I caused any offense or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume and I apologize.” Where Harry’s apology falters under today’s standards is when he hedges “if I caused any offense or embarrassment,”He was clearly embarrassed and infuriated by the incident. 

Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center told PeopleIt was at that time “We strongly urge Prince Harry to accompany the British delegation on Jan. 27 to the Auschwitz death camp to commemorate 60 years since liberation. There he will see the results of the hated symbol he so foolishly and brazenly chose to wear.” 

Sandhurst Video Scandal

Another incident that was mentioned by Twitter users was a set of videos that Harry leaked to the general public and in which he refers to Sandhurst cadets with derogatory slurs due to their ethnicity (SuggestionWe won’t be repeating the racial slurs. The videos were actually made three years prior to their release in 2009. 

Harry operated the camera in a room of sleeping cadets. Harry used a slur when he spoke to one man about his ethnicity. He was apparently asleep when he did not reply. Harry is seen with another group of soldiers as he refers one to him in another video. This is a term typically used against people of Middle-Eastern faiths or Muslim beliefs. A spokesperson for Ministry of Defense acknowledged that. “We are not aware of any complaint having been made,”regarding the events shown in the videos. 

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Clarence House issued an immediate apology on Harry’s behalf after the videos were published, with an army spokesperson telling The Guardian, “The army does not tolerate inappropriate behavior in any shape or form. The army takes all allegations of inappropriate behavior very seriously and all substantive allegations are investigated. This specific case will be dealt with in line with normal army procedures.”

Why now? And What Are You Waiting For?

While these truly are Harry’s worst scandals, why are they coming up now? Two words: Mandela Day. These people are clearly trying to cloud Harry’s reputation by…bringing up his two biggest scandals that dominated the tabloids and media at the time and clearly haven’t been forgotten by anyone. 

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It would seem that the main people pushing this hashtag are also quite public about their literal hatred for Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle. One user who has posted multiple times under #hashtag has a bio that says, “Just as #JussieSmollett and #AmberHeard were exposed, I’m committed to exposing #MeghanMarkle’s lies, pretentious, and wicked conduct.” 

Anti-Sussex Meets the Pro-Cambridge Squad

Others are clear supporters of Harry’s brother, Prince William, and apparently believe the way to the second-in-line to the throne’s heart is by trashing his younger brother. This was, in our opinion, a cruel act of cruelty. Harry has spoken out about his regrets, focusing on these incidents that were at worst deeply antisemitic and in some cases, embarrassingly racist.

Harry’s Latest Acknowledgment Of Past Racism

Last year, during an appearance on Dax Shephard’s podcast Armchair ExpertHarry addressed the Nazi-inspired uniform scandal as well as his use racial slurs towards his fellow cadets. “I thought I understood life, especially bearing in mind most of the countries I was going to and the communities I was going to were people of color,”Harry agreed, saying that he “screwed up”You can dress up as a Nazi. 

“I had to uncover and understand more about unconscious bias. I thought since I screwed up when I was younger and then did the work, I thought I then knew but I didn’t. And I still don’t fully know. It’s a constant work in progress and every single one of us has it.”

Each of us are a work-in-progress. That doesn’t excuse past transgressions by any means and Prince Harry will bear the consequences, both visible and invisible, of his actions as a young man for all the days of his life. That being said, he clearly isn’t the man he was back then, when he was deeply troubled and working through those complicated emotions in ways that were self-destructive. His family was a massive support for him then and even though they went through a period of estrangement, it’s clear that his family still loves him deeply, even if online weirdos insist on taking sides.

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