Buckingham Palace stopped “coloured immigrants or foreigners” from working as anything other than domestic servants in the royal household as recently as the late 1960s, according to documents found in the National Archives.
The ban prevented people from ethnic minorities from taking up clerical jobs at the Palace, let alone anything more senior. The discovery of the files comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex suggested that the royal family was racist.
The documents were found by The Guardian during an investigation into a parliamentary procedure known as Queen’s consent, whereby the Queen’s permission is needed for parliament to debate a bill that affects the interests of the Crown, including its property or revenue.
According to the newspaper, the papers show that the