Meghan says UK royals raised considerations about son’s pores and skin color | Racism Information
The couple, who moved to the USA a year ago, revealed their experiences with the British monarchy in an interview with TV presenter Oprah Winfrey.
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and the wife of Britain’s Prince Harry said there were concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin would be before he was born and that such concerns explained why he did not receive the title of prince.
Markle, whose mother is black and whose father is white, said she was naive before marrying into the British royal family in 2018, but had suicidal thoughts and thought about self-harm after asking for help but not getting it.
“They didn’t want him to be a prince or a princess without knowing what the gender would be, what would be different from the protocol and that he wouldn’t get security,” said Markle in an interview with the talk show host Oprah Winfrey, which aired on CBS late Sunday in the US, where she and Harry now live.
“In those months when I was pregnant around the same time, we had the conversation together: ‘You will not get security, you will not get a title’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born is. “
She declined to say who had raised such concerns. When asked whether she was silent or had been silenced, she replied: “The latter”.
The much-anticipated interview takes place amid a heated argument between Markle and Harry on the one hand and the British monarchy on the other.
The couple, who married in 2018, have stepped down from their royal duties and now reside in California.
Their critics accuse them of wanting all the glamor of their positions without the required commitment or control.
For her followers, her treatment shows how an archaic British institution cracked down on a modern, biracial woman with overtones of racism. That allegation should gain momentum in light of Markle’s comments on her son.
There were also allegations of bullying against Markle, which first appeared in The Times newspaper ahead of the interview.
Buckingham Palace, which did not comment on the interview, said in an unprecedented move it would investigate the bullying allegations, adding it was “very concerned”.
In response to the report, a Markle spokeswoman said she was “saddened by this recent attack on her character, particularly as someone who was the target of self-bullying.”
Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Markle with their newborn son Archie at Windsor Castle. Markle says questions have been raised about the color of Archie’s skin and that is why he was not given the title of prince [File: Dominic Lipinski/ AFP]
Markle said the people at the royal institution not only did not protect them from malicious allegations, but also lied to protect others.
“It wasn’t until we were married and things really got worse that I realized that not only was I not protected, but that they were willing to lie to protect other family members,” said Markle.
“There’s the family and then the people who run the facility. Those are two separate things and it’s important to be able to divide them up because, for example, the Queen has always been wonderful to me.”
Markle denied a newspaper story that made Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William’s wife, cry before the wedding, saying it was a turning point in their relations with the media.
“That was a turning point,” said Markle. When asked if she made Middleton cry, Markle replied, “The opposite happened.”
“A few days before the wedding, she (Kate) was upset about something about the flower girl dress problem being right, and it made me cry. And it really hurt my feelings, ”said Markle.
Markle told Winfrey that prior to their wedding, she had been naive and didn’t know what she was getting into when she joined the British royal family.
“I’ll say I naively acted on this because I didn’t know much about the royal family,” said Markle.