Daniel Kaluuya jokes about Meghan and Harry's Royal Family race row on US television

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Daniel Kaluuya pokes fun at Megxit and the Royal rift as he hosts Saturday Night Live for the first time
Daniel Kaluuya pokes fun at Megxit and the Royal rift as he hosts Saturday Night Live for the first time

The Duchess of Sussex’s assertion that a member of the Royal Family had expressed concern about the colour of her unborn baby’s skin prompted anger and disbelief.

But Daniel Kaluuya, the British Oscar nominee, raised a laugh as he joked about the claim on US television last night.

Kaluuya, who was born in London to Ugandan parents, used the race allegations raised by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in their Oprah Winfrey interview as he made his hosting debut on long-running comedy show Saturday Night Live.

"First of all, I know you're hearing my accent and thinking 'oh no, he's not black, he's British,’” he said.

"Let me reassure you that I am black. I'm black and I'm British. Basically I am what the royal family was worried the baby would look like."

Opening the show, Kaluuya discussed racism in the UK and US.

"People ask me what's worse, British racism or American racism," he told the studio audience in New York.

"Let me put it this way, British racism is so bad white people left. They wanted to be free, free to create their own kind of racisms.

"That's why they invented Australia, South Africa and Boston."

 Daniel Kaluuya poked fun at Megxit and Royal rift as he hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time - BACKGRID
Daniel Kaluuya poked fun at Megxit and Royal rift as he hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time - BACKGRID

During last month’s interview with Ms Winfrey, the Duchess, 39, said that when she was pregnant with her son Archie, there were "several conversations" in which concerns had been raised about how dark his skintone might be.

Clearly stunned, Ms Winfrey asked: “Who is having that conversation?"

She replied: "That was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations the family had with him.”

Meghan acknowledged that if she revealed who was involved in such talks it “would be very damaging to them.”

Ms Winfrey later pressed the Duke about the conversations about his son’s appearance but he said:

“That conversation I’m never going to share. But at the time I was awkward, I was a bit shocked.” He said it revolved around the theme of “what will the baby look like? What will the kids look like?”

There was discrepancy over the timing of such conversations, however, with Meghan suggesting it was when she was pregnant and Harry saying it was in the early days of their relationship, “right at the beginning.”

In response, the Queen said their allegations would be "taken very seriously" but noted that "recollections may vary".

Kaluuya, 32, is nominated for an Oscar in the best supporting actor category for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah.

He won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in the film and joked about the technical issues that marred his acceptance speech during the virtual ceremony.

“I was muted! Can you believe that? I told the best joke of my life and I was muted,” he said.

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