Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Oprah interview: The royals weren’t ready


Sophia A. Nelson

I am of mixed race. Both my maternal and paternal grandmothers have a white father or a white grandfather who married their Black mothers. My two nieces (ages 18 and 23) are of mixed race. Their mother is white. They look a bit like Meghan Markle. Fair skinned, dark long beautiful straight hair, freckles, more white features, but still identifiably Black.

One of the clearest and frankly most heart-breaking take-aways from the jaw-dropping Oprah interview with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, on Sunday via a CBS special was when Meghan talked about her unborn son, and that an unnamed member or members of the “royal family” had raised questions about young Archie’s possible “skin color” and how “dark” he might be. Full stop.

This is 2021. How ignorant can anyone on earth be that they do not know that mixed-race children who are (as in the case of Archie 3/4ths white) will very likely look white. Or as we say in the Black community, they can “pass” for white.





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