Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Adamant About Supporting Black Lives Matter
The world seems to be on the verge of a tipping point. While we are still grappling with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the globe, the United States has erupted following a number of deaths of unarmed Black Americans at the hands of the police. Yet, again these policemen have not been held accountable for murdering Black people in the streets. This has unleashed a surge of protests across the globe along with calls for anti-racism.
Celebrities and companies everywhere are taking a stance against racism and anti-Blackness and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry have are also using their voices to speak in support of Black Lives Matter. One of the reasons the Sussexes left the British royal family was because of the constant racism that Meghan, who is of mixed-race heritage, endured.
Now, the pair are living in the duchess’ hometown of Los Angeles, California where many protests have erupted, and they are determined to use their platform to amplify the voices of the voiceless.
Meghan Markle dealt with constant racism as a member of the British royal family
Though British racism is often not as overt as American racism, it was still very much present. During her time as a senior working royal, the duchess endured a great deal of racist rhetoric being spewed at her.
“This is such a racist country,” British journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown told Vanity Fair. “In America, racism is not qualitatively better, but at least nobody denies that there’s racism. In some ways, it is more difficult for those of us people of color who live here, because it is insidious and hidden, and people don’t want to talk about it or accept it.”
A British radio host called the Sussexes’ son Archie, a monkey, Princess Michael of Kent wore a horrific racist blackamoor brooch to her first lunch with Meghan, and the duchess endured countless other horrific tabloids tinged in racism. It all became too much to deal with which is why she and Prince Harry eventually decided that enough was enough.
The British royal family remained silent about the racism Meghan Markle endured
From the beginning, Prince Harry was adamant about defending Meghan against the constant racism and sexism that the U.K. media spewed at her. “My wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences — a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son,” Prince Harry said in October 2019. “Though we have continued to put on a brave face — as so many of you can relate to — I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.”
Unfortunately, their concerns fell on deaf ears which Alibhai-Brown says is unforgivable. “If the queen had once said, in her way, ‘Hey, guys, this is my grandson and his wife,” she told Vanity Fair. “They just got married. Back off and let them build a life for themselves,’ the hounds would have backed off. But she never did. And she still hasn’t. I find that unforgivable, actually, since she has the power. They absolutely worship her in this country.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are supporting Black Lives Matter
Now amid the global protests and the royal family reconsidering their “stiff upper lip” policy, the Sussexes and Queen Elizabeth are adamant about supporting #BlackLivesMatter.
Through the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust which they still oversee, the Sussexes released a statement of support. “Young people are vital voices in the fight against injustice and racism around the world,” the tweeted. “As a global community of young leaders, we stand together in pursuit of fairness and a better way forward. Silence is not an option. #BlackLivesMatter.” They also included a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We don’t think this will be the first or last time Meghan and Prince Harry speak out about this issue. Their statement continued, “We all have the power to effect positive change. It is time to speak up and speak out. Time to have uncomfortable conversations with ourselves and with others. Time to educate ourselves and unlearn. Time to come together and build a better future as one. #TeamQCT.”