Coronation balcony scene was ‘terribly white’, says Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh

DDU director Alka Sehgal Cuthbert is quoted in this article from the Telegraph, 7 May 2023.

Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh called the Royal family’s balcony appearance during the Coronation “terribly white”.

The actress, who plays a Regency duchess in the Netflix series Bridgerton, offered her opinions during ITV’s coverage of the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla.

Andoh said that the appearance of the Royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the ceremony was “terribly white”.

Contrasting the appearance of the family with the earlier events at Westminster Abbey, she said: “We’ve gone from the rich diversity of the Abbey to a terribly white balcony. I was very struck by that.”

She added: “I am also looking at those younger generations and thinking, ‘What are the nuances that they will inhabit when they grow?’”

Alka comments:

It’s telling that Adjoa Andoh feels so confident to use an official public platform to joke about whiteness, implying it’s somehow a lack or deficit, and diversity itself were a moral virtue. This is nonsense.