Why The Royal Interview Interested Our Sam
It is a hot topic at the moment…. the interview with Oprah, Prince William and Meghan Markle. Before most people had even seen the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview it had been scrutinised and critiqued all over the world – and as is typically the case for this couple and many in the media, the opinions are strong and divided. Everyone has an opinion and one of the biggest discussion points was centered around the statement relating to baby Archie’s skin colour, which left many questioning a culture of racism in the royal family.
I have not watched, nor do I wish to have any kind of opinion on people I do not know and will never know who live a life I have no understanding of. The reason for my short blog relates to children and the delightful mindset they have before it can be tarnished by others and the media.
Yesterday as we were getting ready for school and work in our home, one of the morning programs was on the television. Just like most families, our morning is busy and rushed and we don’t have time to sit and watch TV but typically have it on in the background. The discussion was about the interview having been aired the night before and I was surprised our 7-year-old son Sam was listening and appeared very interested.
I asked him why he was watching to which he replied, “why do they care so much about skin colour, who cares about anyone’s skin colour”. It was one of those precious moments when it is so clear that our children really do have all the answers and lessons that we as adults sometimes need reminding of. In our family we celebrate differences and feel privileged to live in a world with diversity. This is not a lesson we actively taught our children; it is just how we live our life so although I continue to always question my parenting, yesterday, I felt we must be doing something right.
Children will always remind us of what is important, they remind us to accept, and not judge, they do not see flaws just the potential of friendship. If only we could all remember to see the world through the eyes of our children.