KEY POINTS

  • Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi is reportedly urging people to stop supporting the royal family
  • This came after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s allegations of racism during their Oprah interview
  • Tometi believes the royal family does not value Black lives, a report says

Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi is calling for a boycott of the royal family after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive tell-all with Oprah Winfrey, a report says.

Weighing in on their revelation that some members of the royal family raised concerns about how dark their first child's skin might be, Tometi, one of the originators of the BLM movement, told TMZ that people should no longer support the monarchy. She said she feels the royal family does not value Black lives.

The BLM activist also said Markle’s experience is "what all too often happens with Black people," TMZ said.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn't reveal the name of the royal who had "conversations" about Archie's potential skin color during their chat with Winfrey, saying they knew it would be "damaging" to them. However, Winfrey later said Prince Harry told her neither his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, nor his grandfather, Prince Philip, had been involved in these talks.

New York Daily News could not reach Tometi for comment on the TMZ report. However, the Black Lives Matter tweeted in support of the duchess Monday.

"Yesterday, Meghan Markle reminded us that we do not protect Black women enough. And when they’re leaders…even worse. Don’t just celebrate Black women; protect them every day. #ProtectBlackWomen," the tweet read.

Meanwhile, netizens had mixed opinions about the call to boycott the royal family. Some believe it won't affect the royals, while others felt that Markle was setting up the palace.

"BLM calls for a Boycott of the Royal Family due to Racism! Who Gives a flying F? I’m more concerned we ‘don’t’ have a Normal President!" one tweeted.

"Boycott the Royal Family?? Think they will notice??" another asked.

"How does one boycott the Royal Family exactly? I’ll no longer be eating ‘Victoria’ Sponge Cake & I’ve just kicked a corgi in the face," another asked.

"Meghan set up The Palace on fire. She must be thrilled that finally she accomplished something in life. LOL," one commented on Twitter.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl earlier said the British clan took the racism allegations "very seriously." She added that the palace needs to issue a statement about it because it will have real repercussions for the monarchy.

"It's opened up a Pandora's Box and there is something of a witch hunt to find out which royal it is," Nicholl said. "The suggestion is that if it's Charles, if it's William -- that's a very big if, no one knows, it's pure speculation -- then that has real repercussions for the monarchy. Charles is going to be the next king. After that, William." 

There were reports of splits within the royal family, and a growing rift between Harry and William There were reports of splits within the royal family, and a growing rift between Harry and William Photo: POOL / Phil Harris