Prince George is getting a royal nursery designed in the likeness of his father’s passions: Africa. While a jungle-themed nursery replete with elephants and rhinos isn’t anything new — or even problematic — describing all of this as “African-themed” definitively is.
People magazine reports on Prince William talking daddyhood on the upcoming one-hour CNN special “Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope,” airing September 15. When pulling out a tidbit about Prince George’s nursery aesthetic, the tabloid reports:
The newborn son of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, both 31, will have an African-themed bedroom, William tells CNN.
It should be noted that in the quote that was pulled, Prince William, who reportedly has been to Africa many times, does not use the term “African-themed.” Hopefully because he knows better…? The new dad says:
“I’ll have toy elephants and rhinos around the room…We’ll cover it in, you know, lots of bushes and things like that. [We'll] make him grow up as if he’s in the bush.”
While I wouldn’t put it passed the folks at People — who once described Jessica Simpson‘s morning sickness as a “good thing” – to just lump toy elephants and bushes into an “Africa” bucket, their racist reporting manages to make Prince William look racially illiterate too, what with pairing an irksome term like “African-themed” with a giddy quote about bushes. Looks like we’ll just have to tune in on September to see if Prince William actually trafficks in caricaturing an entire continent of people in his son’s nursery designs.