Meghan Markle Doesn’t Tolerate Racism and She’s Becoming Much More Vocal About It
Since being welcomed into the royal family, Meghan has faced a constant barrage of criticism that many believe is racially motivated. Things got so bad with the media that in early 2020, Meghan and Prince Harry felt compelled to take a step back from the spotlight and renounce their roles as working members of the royal family.
Prior to her time as a working member of the royal family, Meghan had acknowledged her experiences with racism on several occasions, and she continues to be vocal about the topic today.
Meghan Markle was subjected to discriminatory coverage from UK tabloids
Since beginning her relationship with Prince Harry in 2016, Meghan has constantly been at the center of the British tabloids’ attention. However, the coverage has been exceedingly negative, and many believe there are racial undertones involved.
According to Insider, since becoming a member of the royal family in 2018, Meghan has been “unfairly criticized for doing the same things that Kate Middleton is praised for.” This double standard has been made apparent numerous times, such as when Meghan was criticized for releasing an ITV interview during Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Pakistan in 2019, or when she was accused of breaking protocol for wearing wedge shoes. Kate wore the same wedge shoes just months later, but the media’s coverage of the decision was far different.
Meghan’s husband, Prince Harry, had been vocal about the racist undertones of the media since 2016, but things didn’t get much better. Meghan and Prince Harry’s press team banned several major British publications in 2019, and the couple penned letters to them stating they would no longer communicate with their journalists. Although it was never explicitly stated, many people believe the press was a big reason why Meghan and Prince Harry took a step back from the public eye and moved to America.
Meghan has been outspoken against racism on numerous occasions
As a biracial woman with a Black mother, Meghan is no stranger to racism in her personal life. She’s spoken about her experiences with racism on numerous occasions and hasn’t been afraid to speak on the topic of race in 2020.
In 2012, Meghan participated in Erase the Hate’s “I Won’t Stand For Racism” campaign, creating a poignant video in which she speaks about the discrimination her mother has faced throughout her life. She also wrote a moving letter for her now-defunct personal blog in 2017, telling personal anecdotes about her own traumatic experiences with racism. Meghan explained that due to her complexion, many people are unaware of her ethnic background, and often feels like an “ethnically ambiguous fly on the wall.”
More recently, Meghan became vocal about police brutality against Black Americans, feeling compelled to speak after the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. In a video address to her former high school, she apologizes to the students for having to grow up in a world where racism still exists and was quoted saying “Now you get to be a part of rebuilding.”
Although Meghan had been relatively quiet on political issues for the last few years, she has become more vocal as of late. Since she and Prince Harry are no longer working members of the royal family, it appears that she intends to embrace a more active role in social and political issues, including racism.