Daniel Kaluuya referenced the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s race allegations against the Royal Family during his appearance on US TV. The British Oscar nominee made his hosting debut on long-running comedy show SNL, and it wasn’t long before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spoken about.
In their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, the couple alleged a member of the family – not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh – had made a racist comment about their son Archie.
The 32-year-old, who was born in London to Ugandan parents, referenced the claim during his opening monologue.
He told viewers: “First of all, I know you’re hearing my accent and thinking, ‘Oh no, he’s not black, he’s British’.
“Let me reassure you that I am black. I’m black and I’m British.”
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Daniel then quipped: “Basically I am what the Royal Family was worried the baby would look like.”
Meghan, 39, told Oprah, 67, an unnamed royal raised concerns with Harry about how dark Archie’s skin tone might be before he was born.
The Get Out and Kick-Ass 2 star went on to discuss racism in the UK and the US.
“People ask me what’s worse, British racism or American racism,” he told the audience inside New York’s famous Studio 8H.
Daniel, who is nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Bafta and an Oscar, nodded to his breakout role in Get Out and said: “I felt like I was in a Sunken Place!”
His first sketch saw him portraying a game show host and medical doctor asking his black relatives about their reluctance to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
He starred as a YouTube prankster in a sketch sending up apology videos from influencers and played a Nigerian father furious about his son changing his degree from medicine to creative writing.
Told the world needs poets, Daniel’s character sarcastically responded: “If there’s anything we’ve learned from the pandemic, it’s that the world needs more poets.”