Bridgerton actress Adjoa Andoh breaks silence on 'racist' coronation remark

Adjoa Andoh has said she did not mean to cause offence with her remark on the ethnic makeup of the Buckingham Palace balcony after the King's coronation.

Speaking as a guest on ITV during the channel's coverage, the 60-year-old actress told hosts Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham: "We've gone from the rich diversity of the Abbey to a terribly white balcony.

"I was very struck by that. I am also looking at those younger generations and thinking: what are the nuances that they will inhabit when they grow?"

Fellow guest Myleene Klass looked mystified as the actress, who plays Lady Danbury in the Netflix historical fiction series Bridgerton, made her remarks.

Some outraged viewers posted messages on social media vowing to complain to broadcasting regulator Ofcom. Ms Andoh subsequently said she had not meant to upset anybody.

"I was talking about the day and how marvellous it was and then looking at the balcony at the end and suddenly going: Oh it's so white! because the day had been so mixed," she told BBC's Radio 4.

Labour's levelling-up secretary Lisa Nandy said the coronation celebrations should not be spoiled by divisive debates.

Speaking to TalkTV's Julia Hartley-Brewer she said: "The thing that struck me most about the coronation was there was that incredible, rich diversity of faces in the Abbey.

"It was a fantastic celebration of people coming together. I wasn't sure what it would be like before it happened, but I think these moments really do bring people together in Britain."

TalkTV's Kevin O'Sullivan said Ms Andoh's comment was "So outrageous, it was almost laughable. My family's white - you are allowed to be a white family!"

He added: "That was a criticism of the colour of the royal family's skin. That's racism in my view."

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