A historian who appeared in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell Netflix series received an honour from King Charles at Windsor Castle yesterday.
The monarch, 74, presented an OBE to TV historian and author David Olusoga for his services to history and community integration.
David, who was awarded the honour in 2019 by the Queen but collected it yesterday from Charles, appeared in episode two of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s docu-series, discussing how the couple’s ‘fairytale’ was ’embedding itself in a nation’ divided by Brexit.
Professor Olusoga is a historian at the University of Manchester and the author of Black and British – a bestselling account of the role black people have played in Britain’s history.
David Olusoga, who appeared in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell Netflix series, received an honour from King Charles at Windsor Castle yesterday
Despite the honour, no photographs of the ceremony have been released publicly.
Royal reporter Richard Palmer tweeted the news, saying: ‘Charles III, who has put diversity at the heart of his reign, also presented an OBE to Professor David Olusoga, a historian who appeared in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series.
‘Professor Olusoga, honoured for services to history and community integration, requested no publicity.’
While it is not known why there was a delay in David’s collection of the honour, he has previously spoken about having conflicted feelings about the award.
He told Radio Times: ‘I don’t believe we should have this ledger book, this balancing-scales view of the empire.
Professor Olusoga is a historian at the University of Manchester – and appeared in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series in December
‘Was it good? Was it bad? Should we feel pride? Should we feel shame?
‘I think we should look at the empire for what it was, this complicated, more-than-400-year story with terrible, terrible episodes.
‘Using that word ‘empire’ does make it a difficult award to accept. But if you decline, then you should shut up about it and I had to ask myself the question – would I?’
He went on to appear a number of times in Harry and Meghan’s explosive Netflix series, including for a debate around Brexit.
Mr Olusoga said that the ‘fairy tale’ of Harry and Meghan was ’embedding itself in a nation that is having a pretty toxic debate about the European Union.’
He appeared in episode two of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s docu-series, discussing how the couple’s ‘fairytale’ was ’embedding itself in a nation’ divided by Brexit
He argued that ‘immigration was at the absolute centre’ of that debate, and that ‘immigration is very often in this country a cipher for race’.
He also criticised ‘racism’ in the process and said that the fact that slave owners were compensated ‘for their human property’ is often ‘left out’ of history lessons. This was an example of slavery being ‘airbrushed’ out of Britain’s past, he said.
David also appeared in lengthy segments elsewhere alongside academic Afua Hirsch who said British tradition is ‘filled with racist imagery’ while discussing the country’s colonial legacy.
Many honours are decided by the British government, not the royal family, meaning Charles doesn’t have jurisdiction over who is presented with an OBE.
David was honoured yesterday alongside a 99-year-old Holocaust survivor with 2million TikTok followers.
Lily Ebert was recognised for her services to Holocaust education at Windsor Castle on Tuesday after being included in the New Year Honours list – the first overseen by King Charles since his ascension to the throne.
David was honoured yesterday alongside a 99-year-old Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert, who has 2million TikTok followers
With the great-grandmother while she accepted the award was her great-grandson, 19-year-old Dov Forman.
Ms Ebert, who became a founding member of the UK’s Holocaust Survivor Centre, and her grandson have accrued billions of views on TikTok in an effort to educate the younger generation on the Holocaust.
Not so long ago, there were people who wanted to kill me for my religion, and today I received this honour’, Ms Ebert said from the Castle, in a room which celebrates the life of the Jewish Queen Esther. ‘Words cannot explain how much this means to me.
‘I promised myself that if I survived, then I would tell the whole world what had happened to us in Auschwitz – that there were people killed for no other reason than their beliefs, because we were believed not to be worthy of life.’
She said that she has always tried to be a positive force in the world and encourage others to ‘appreciate our differences and learn from each other, and be kind to everyone.
‘Something terrible like that should never, ever happen again. As long as I am alive I will teach the world to be tolerant’, she added.