UK’s Prince William accused of racism over African population remarks
Britain's Prince William has been condemned for the comments he recently made against the surge in Africa’s population and its alleged impact on wildlife.
The Duke of Cambridge gave a speech in London in November to the Tusk Conservation Awards.
He called for the natural world to be protected from the impact of human beings, but his comments sparked a backlash on social media after being reported in the UK press.
William, a Tusk patron, handed out prizes to leading conservationists from African nations at the ceremony. He told the audience: "The increasing pressure on Africa's wildlife and wild spaces as a result of human population presents a huge challenge for conservationists, as it does the world over.
"Our wildlife plays a vital role in keeping nature in balance and maintaining this precious cycle of life. If we keep destroying or removing the threads that make up the natural tapestry of life on earth, it will simply begin to break down, exacerbating climate change still further."
His comments were condemned by many on Twitter as an attack on the continent's Black population by a figurehead from an institution with a colonial history.
Survival International, which advocates for tribal people around the world, wrote: "Prince William says mounting pressure on Africa's 'wild spaces as a result of human population' is a 'huge challenge for conservationists'. Staggered by the racism & hypocrisy?"
The human rights organization also shared a video of Mordecai Ogada, a Kenyan ecologist, saying: "The fact is, if we look at absolute figures, Africa is more sparsely populated than Europe or Asia, and the fact is the absolute numbers of people in Africa are far from being a problem for our environment. More so for the very light footprint of the people here."
This senior member of the British royal family made similar claims in 2017.
The criticisms come eight months after Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle accused an unnamed member of the royal family of making racist comments about how dark their unborn child's skin might be.
The couple did not name the royal during their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.