So Prince Harry is now being sent on a diversity course. Well, its something I suppose. Given that he’s already been on a course when he joined the army, you have to wonder how effective this will be.
The real concern is that he needs a course in the first place. It is indicative of the privileged and segregated life he has led. His school did not have a lot of diversity, he has entered a profession where his colleagues are not exactly reflective of the country they serve and his social life of polo and Kensington nightclubs is not likely to bring him into contact with a highly diverse range of people.
Its not really his fault – his lifestyle and upbringing has meant that for him diversity has been something for other people and nothing to do with his lived experience. Courses can only teach a limited amount. No wonder he is now reported to have said to a black comedian "You don't sound like a black chap." He probably has hardly met someone from an ethnic minority background and his experience comes from the casual racism and ignorance of his social circle.
Segregation is not only a problem when we talk about the deprived ethnic minority communities in many of our urban centres.
Harry’s continued problems with these issues also raise the question of whether it is really appropriate for a family whose experiences are so far removed from the reality of Britain in twenty first century to continue to rule over it.