'Black Lives Matter' Co-founder Calls for a Boycott of Royal Family | 22 Words

Following the explosive interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over the weekend, the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Opal Tometi, has called for the boycott of the monarchy.

Scroll on to hear her stance on the issue for yourself...

Now, it's the interview everyone is talking about.


Following their controversial departure from the royal family, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, sat down with Oprah to give their side of the story.

Their 2-hour-long interview aired on CBS on Sunday, March 7th...


And viewers watched on in shock as some mind-blowing allegations were made against the monarchy.

For example...

It was claimed that senior members of the family had refused to get Meghan professional help when she was experiencing suicidal thoughts during her pregnancy with Archie.

Meghan also addressed that incident with her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.


Headlines were made in 2018 when Meghan allegedly "made Kate cry" in a row about bridesmaids' dresses in the days before her and Harry's wedding - well, in her chat with Oprah, Meghan claimed that Kate was the one to make her cry.

Though she did stress that Kate had apologized and that she had "forgiven her."

She also addressed the ongoing issues of racism within the monarchy.


Meghan claimed an unnamed senior member of the Royal family raised "concerns" about how dark Archie's skin would be before his birth.

"In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we have in tandem the conversation of, 'you won't be given security, not gonna be given a title' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

But Meghan wasn't the only one to spill the royal tea.


Prince Harry himself spoke candidly about his current relationship with his family and how he has been "financially cut off", which initially left him fearing for the future.

Harry explained that he "had to get out", though when he did he was "cut off financially" when he and Meghan needed help the most...


He also added that they've since been relying on his inheritance from Princess Diana.

"I was totally cut off financially. My family cut me off – if I didn't have what my mom left me, we wouldn't have been able to do this."

"All I wanted to do was keep my family safe."


Meghan then insisted that they never had any plans at first to quit the U.K - she said the intention was to "do this forever" and that she told the royal family to "use me as much as you like".

Later in the interview, Oprah asked how the prince thinks the late Princess Diana would have felt about the rifts that drove them to step back from the royal family.


"I think she would feel very angry with how this has panned out, and very sad," Harry said, "But ultimately, all she'd ever want is for us to be happy."

Of course, the majority of people are still reeling in the aftermath of the shocking allegations made in the interview...

And many have spoken out in defence of Meghan and Harry.

But, of course, there has been a resounding concern regarding the allegations of racism from within the Palace.

Though the royal family are yet to address the allegations made against them, many viewers are firm on the belief that there is a blatant racism issue at play.

The hashtag, #AbolishTheMonarchy has even started trending...

As people come together online to call for an end to the "archaic" royal family once and for all.

And among these voices is that of Opal Tometi, the co-founder of the groundbreaking Black Lives Matter movement.


Tometi is known best for founding the movement, which gained traction last summer after the death of George Floyd.

People used Tometi's movement to call for racial justice in policing and other matters.


Her website reads:

"Opal Tometi is one of the most influential human rights leaders of our time. Opal represents a level of courage and leadership that most of us only read about in Black history books."

And now, she has weighed in on the royal family scandal.


Speaking to TMZ, the New York-based activist said that, after hearing of Meghan's experience with racism within the royal family, she thinks that people should no longer stand with the royals or the monarchy.

She explained that the Palace's "concern" over Archie's skin color proves that the royals place "virtually no value on Black lives."


She added that, regardless of who made the comment, it shows just how problematic the royal family has been for quite some time, and it proves that "the world doesn't need to have institutions that treat Black people as if they don't matter."

Tometi said that Meghan's experience is what all too often happens with Black people...


Before stressing that people need to start believing Black women when they speak up, because "Meghan's surely not the only one dealing with racism."