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The Queen Could Never Be a Racist: David Kelley Uses Music to Speak Up

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been in the news many times since their engagement and royal wedding. Recently, however, they made headlines for a far less happy reason: allegations that one reason they left the Royal Family and England for America was because of Queen Elizabeth’s racism. The couple’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey left many people talking about the charge that the monarch had expressed reservations about the skin color of her unborn grandson. One man watching the interview was Darrell Kelley, the talented musical artist and producer of the hits “The Coronavirus,” “Vote Him Out,” and “Because of You.” Darrell is both an admirer of the Royal Family and a firm believer in truth and fairness, and the lack of evidence behind Prince Harry and Meghan’s claims left Darrell so upset that he wrote his new song, “Why Lie on the Queen,” to defend the monarch.

Darrell was skeptical that the Queen had had any concerns over how dark Archie’s skin could be.  “I did not think it was appropriate to say this because the Queen had welcomed Meghan into the family. I also didn’t think it was true. I believe deeply that if you’re going to say something like this about the queen, or anyone, for that matter, it should be backed up by real proof. If you lie, look at the damage you’re doing to that person. You’re attacking their reputation through sheer gossip. My feelings were so strong that I had to pour them out into my music.”

Darrell’s view of the Royal Family comes from years of watching them. “Yes, it’s true, Buckingham Palace has got an excellent PR department, but it’s easy to see why when lies like this come out,” he says. “I have seen the Queen’s treatment of people of color. It’s been excellent. It’s why I wrote one of the lines of my song: ‘My heart knows you’re not a racist,’” he says. “How could she be? Look at who she has invited to Windsor and Buckingham Palace: Michael Jackson. James Brown. The Obamas. She would never have had dinner with them if she were a racist. Impossible.”

Darrell believes the Queen has demonstrated her excellent character, which does not reflect that of a racist. “Racists do not sit down with those people they are prejudiced against,” he states. “They won’t invite you to be a guest or talk to you. Queen Elizabeth is the opposite of this. She is the epitome of grace and beauty, and I just find it impossible to believe she would have said anything racist about Meghan and Harry’s baby. If there is proof of it, let me see it. I go by what I see, not by what people say.” 

Darrell’s song expresses the singer’s dislike of hearing allegations that are not backed up with evidence. “I am always open to hearing things about people that I might not like,” Darrell says. “In this case, though, in order to believe that the Queen made such crass comments about Archie’s skin color, I need more than an alleged conversation. I need proof. Someone needs to show me the hard-core evidence that she said this, and then I will believe it.”

In the song, Darrell also questions the reason the couple came to America, where there is a strong paparazzi presence. “They say that they left England in part because of the paparazzi, but as my song points out, people in America are just as nosy here as they are there,” Darrell says. “If they really wanted their privacy, getting on Oprah in front of millions of people was a strange way to achieve it.”

While Darrell wants his song to help the Royal Family as they work to repair their image, he wants his music to accomplish a bigger goal: to remind people to not automatically believe what they tell you even if they are very important role models. “Instead, you need to do your own due diligence and your own studies so that you can clearly see people and world leaders and have your own views on them. If you do, there will be less gossip, and you’ll be standing up as a good person who has excellent character. You’ll be a person of love, acceptance, unity, and love.” 

Darrell hopes that the song’s larger message about stopping abuse comes through. “We can never tolerate abuse in any form. Each of us needs to understand why we keep attacking each other instead of lifting each other up.”

Darrell stops for a moment to think before continuing. “We need to understand why, don’t you think?” he asks. “It is crucial that we all understand ourselves better. If we can find the answer to why we envy and hurt each other, we’ll finally be on the path to making this world a lot better than it is today.”