Prince Charles said woman ‘doesn’t look like she’s from Manchester’
Prince Charles is caught up in a racism row after a woman said he joked about her not looking like she came from Manchester.

Anita Sethi said she was left feeling shocked, humiliated and angry following the incident at a Commonwealth event this week.

She has now questioned whether the heir to the throne should be the Commonwealth’s next head – a multi-cultural institution with member countries from areas like Africa, the Caribbean and Asia.

Anita Sethi

Ms Sethi, a writer, said in an opinion piece for the Guardian that Charles asked her where she was from when they met briefly during the Commonwealth People’s Forum earlier this week in London, where she was a guest speaker.

When she replied ‘Manchester, UK’ she said that he quipped ‘Well, you don’t look like it!’ and laughed. The writer, whose mother was born in Guyana, wrote in the Guardian: ‘That the mooted next leader of an organisation that represents one-third of the people on the planet commented that I, a brown woman, did not look as if I was from a city in the UK is shocking.’

She went on to say: ‘Of course, allegations of racism are not new for the Royal Family. The Duke Of Edinburgh has made numerous contentious comments; and only last year Princess Michael of Kent wore a blackamoor brooch while meeting Prince Harry’s fiancee, Meghan Markle.’

Philip’s comments often led to controversy, but he was once branded a ‘national treasure’ for his inability to curb his off-the-cuff remarks.

During a state visit to China in 1986, he told British students: ‘If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.’

Clarence House declined to comment.

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