THE family of an Army officer called a P*** by Prince Harry have slammed him for suggesting the royals are racist, insisting: “You’re wrong.”
Harry apologised in 2009 for using the vile slur against Sandhurst colleague Ahmed Raza Khan in a video that he filmed himself.
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He also used a racial slur against another colleague in the video — filmed a year after the prince sparked outrage by dressing as a Nazi at a fancy dress party.
Last night, Mr Khan’s father told The Sun he did not agree with the racism claim that emerged from Harry and Meghan’s bombshell TV interview with US talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.
Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Abbasi said: “Prince Harry might have his problems with the family but I don’t agree with him at all.
“I don’t think the UK people or the Royal Family are racists.
“They are accommodating to people from all parts of the world and giving them access to the best facilities as citizens and residents.”
Mr Abbasi, a former vice- president of Pakistan’s Muslim Bank, continued: “I have met members of the Royal Family and they were extremely polite and loving.”
Prince Harry might have his problems with the family but I don’t agree with him at all.
He said it was Harry’s use of the P-word that had caused hurt in the past — but stressed: “You cannot ignore the love shown by other members of the Royal Family.”
In their interview, Meghan told Oprah son Archie wasn’t made a prince after “concerns and conversations” between an unidentified family member and Harry about “how dark” his skin would be when he was born.
Asked whether there were concerns that her child would be “too brown” and that would be a problem, Meghan said: “If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.”
Harry later accused the UK’s Press of being “bigoted” — and said racism from British society in general forced them to quit the country and live in North America.
The couple refused to say who allegedly made the comment about Archie’s skin tone — but Oprah later said she was told it was not the Queen or Prince Philip.
Mr Abbasi, speaking from his home in Abbottabad, Pakistan, met Prince Charles in 2006 when his son Ahmed was awarded the prestigious “sword of honour” by the Queen.
The prize was for being the best graduate at Sandhurst, where Ahmed trained with Harry.
Pictures show Ahmed’s dad sharing a joke with Charles as he attended Buckingham Palace to proudly watch his son graduate. Mr Abbasi reflected: “I had some wonderful moments with Prince Charles.
The royals are very nice human beings. I cannot call them racists. They are great people who respect their citizens.
“I believe they have the same level of respect for all people in their own country and around the world.
“In fact, I didn’t see any racists in the UK. I believe the UK is a nice country, welcoming people from every corner of the world.”
Harry’s slur came to light in a video leaked in 2009. The footage showed the prince three years earlier as a 21-year-old officer cadet during a military exercise in Cyprus.
I believe the UK is a nice country, welcoming people from every corner of the world.
Clarence House issued an immediate apology for the video and the Ministry of Defence said the Armed Forces had zero tolerance of racism.
At the time, St James’s Palace said the second derogatory term used was Army slang for Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters.
However, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission launched a probe into the P-word remark and politicians from all parties, including then-PM David Cameron, criticised Harry.
Ahmed later revealed that the prince had personally called him to apologise.
He said at the time: “Harry called me by a nickname which is usually very insulting but I know he didn’t mean it that way.
“We were close friends when we were training and I know he is not a racist.”
The video followed a furore in 2005 when Harry dressed as a Nazi at a fancy dress party.
Pictures obtained by The Sun showed him dressed in brown uniform with a swastika armband.
Jewish and anti-racism groups told of their disgust at stunt, just weeks before the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Last year, critics called on Harry to “stop lecturing people” about racism after he spoke about “unconscious bias”.
In an interview for Vogue, he told Dr Jane Goodall: “It’s learned from your family, learned from the older generation, or from advertising, from your environment.
“And, therefore, you have to be able to have a wider perspective.”
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