Centrepoint charity boss who once slept rough with Prince William says he’s never seen a ‘hint of racism’ from him – and he’s been treated with ‘dignity and respect’ in the 12 years they’ve worked together
- Centrepoint’s Chief Executive Officer Seyi Obakin has defended the Prince
- Pair have worked closely together for 12 years after spending night on the street
- Charity boss says he has only ever been treated with respect by Prince William
- Racism allegations were made against a member of the family by Meghan Markle
A charity boss who has spent years working with Prince William insisted he’s ‘never seen a hint of racism’ from him.
Centrepoint’s Chief Executive Officer, Seyi Obakin, has known the Duke of Cambridge for 12 years, and considers him a friend after they spent a night sleeping rough together on the streets of London in 2009.
Speaking out in light of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which the couple claimed an unnamed member of the Firm expressed ‘concerns’ about the colour of their son’s skin, Seyi stressed he has never witnessed racist behaviour from William.
He told the Telegraph that in their many years of friendship, William has only ever treated him and his family with ‘decency, dignity and respect’.
Centrepoint’s Chief Executive Officer, Seyi Obakin, has known the Duke of Cambridge for 12 years and has defended him against allegations of racism within the royal family
He spoke out in light of Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they claimed an unnamed member of the Firm expressed ‘concerns’ about the colour of their son’s skin
‘I have never seen a hint of racism. Never’, said Obakin.
‘I have worked with him in close proximity for years. He has met my family. He’s never treated us with anything other than decency, dignity and respect’.
Earlier this month, William became the first senior royal to address directly the string of allegations made by Harry and Meghan in their explosive interview.
The couple suggested their son Archie was denied the title of Prince because he is mixed-race, and ‘concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born’ happened in the months during which the Duchess of Sussex was pregnant with Archie.
The charity boss considers the Duke of Cambridge a friend after they spent a night sleeping rough together on the streets of London in 2009
Prince William insisted the royals were ‘very much not a racist family’ as he and wife Kate visited a school in East London to support a youth mental health support service.
It was revealed last week to US TV host Gayle King that Harry had spoken to the Duke of Cambridge and Prince of Wales after the interview, but that talks had not been ‘productive’.
She told the Sussexes were keen for the ‘royals to intervene and tell the press to stop with the unfair, inaccurate, false stories that definitely have a racial slant’.
Centrepoint first began in the basement of St Anne’s Church in London in 1969 and has since become one of the UK’s leading youth homelessness charities, helping over 9,000 homeless young people a year.
The Duke of Cambridge is a long-standing patron of the charity, which helps homeless young people get back into education, training and employment
The Duke of Cambridge is a long-standing patron of the charity, which helps homeless young people get back into education, training and employment.
The charity was William’s first patronage and he took over the role from his late mother Princess Diana.
William, 38, decided to spend the night rough sleeping in order to understand the plight of the homeless at Christmas, staying out in temperatures as low as minus 4c in an alleyway near Blackfriars bridge.
The Prince said afterwards that the experience had helped to deepen his understanding of life on the streets, calling the charity’s work ‘desperately important’.