Meghan Markle Made a Heartbreaking Comment in 2012 About Becoming a Mother in a Racist World

Meghan Markle recently broke her silence on the ongoing issues surrounding police brutality in the U.S. In a high school graduation speech, the Los-Angeles actress-turned-Duchess encouraged graduating seniors from her alma mater to keeping fighting against racism. However, in a resurfaced video of Meghan in 2012, she had higher hopes for the state of the world by the time she became a mother.

Meghan Markle appears in 2012 video speaking about racism

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and their baby son, Archie Mountbatten-in 2019 | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

When Meghan Markle participated in a video on racism in 2012, she couldn’t have known what she’d have to face in the future — things that would make her comments in the old clip feel like foreshadowing.

In the video, the Suits actress wears a shirt saying: “I won’t stand for racism.” As the globe erupts with protests over U.S. police brutality, many royal fans rediscovered the video in 2020.

“Most people can’t tell what I’m mixed with and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall,” Meghan says in the clip. She recalled her own painful experiences with discrimination: “some of the slurs that I’ve heard or the really offensive jokes, or the names, it’s just hit me in a really strong way.”

When she heard someone call her mother the “N-word,” that hit her hard as well. Meghan sounded shocked “… to see the landscape of what our country is like right now, and certainly the world, and [wants] things to be better.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had baby Archie in 2016

However, one comment Meghan made in the 8-year-old video was especially heartbreaking.

Meghan said: “I hope that by the time I have children, that people are even more open-minded to how things are changing and that having a mixed world is what it’s all about.”

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Protesters kneel in front of police during a Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park on June 03, 2020, in London, England | Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

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Of course, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are now parents. While certainly, some progress has been made, racism is still alive and well.

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In a recent graduation speech to the seniors at Immaculate Heart High School in LA (the Duchess’s alma mater), Meghan acknowledged how much work there is left to do. In her virtual speech, Meghan called the ongoing events “absolutely devastating.”

“I wasn’t sure what I could say to you,” she admitted. “I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that I wouldn’t, or that it would get picked apart.”

However, as the Duchess of Sussex recognized, “the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.” Why? As Meghan put it:

… because George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered, and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know.

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The royal family member recalled similar things happening in LA during the Rodney King protests when she was a child. Meghan shared:

I remember the curfew and I remember rushing back home and on that drive home, seeing ash fall from the sky and smelling the smoke and seeing the smoke billow out of buildings, and seeing people run out of buildings carrying bags and looting.

She continued on the long-lasting impact: “And those memories don’t go away.”

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“I am sorry that in a way we have not gotten to the place where you deserve it to be,” Meghan lamented.

But, the Duchess encouraged the students to use their voices and vote.

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Meghan Markle on Good Morning America | ABC News/Frame Grab via Getty Images

“You’re going to have empathy for those who don’t see the world through the same lens that you do,” she reminded listeners. She ended the video speech on an optimistic note.

“I know you know that Black Lives Matter,” she told the high school graduates. Meghan concluded:

I am already excited for what you are going to do in the world. You are ready, we need you and you are prepared. I’m so proud to call each of you a fellow alumni. I am cheering you on, all along the way. I am exceptionally proud of you.