Duchess Meghan has no social media currently, following her and Prince Harry’s decision to step back from their royal family roles. But Meghan spoke candidly about her experiences with racism and her hopes for the future back in 2012. A fan account posted the video late last year, and it resurfaced on Hello! today as Black Lives Matter protests continue across the globe in response to the murder of George Floyd and other black citizens by police.
The Duchess of Sussex wore a t-shirt that said “I won’t stand for racism” and spoke about her hopes that by the time she became a mother, the world would be more accepting of people. Meghan would go on to welcome her first child, Archie, with Prince Harry in 2019. There’s clearly a lot of work that still needs to be done.
Meghan said in the clip:
My name’s Meghan Markle and I’m here because I think it’s a really important campaign to be a part of. For me, I think it hits a really personal note. I’m bi-racial, 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. And so 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. And then, you know, a couple of years ago I heard someone call my mom the N word. So I think for me, beyond being personally affected by racism, just to see the landscape of what our country is like right now, and certainly the world, and to want things to be better.
Quite honestly, your race is part of what defines you. I think what shifts things is that the world really treats you based on how you look. Certain people don’t look at me and see me as a black woman or a biracial woman. They treat me differently, I think, than they would if they knew what I was mixed with, and I think that that is—I don’t know, it can be struggle as much as it can be a good thing depending on the people that you’re dealing with
Leaving LA [to work on Suits in Toronto] was sort of like leaving this bubble where I was used to everything, and had been exposed to everything except for a closed mindedness that I experienced when I traveled outside of where I was from. And I think that in doing that it just really opened my eyes to a mentality that still exists that I thought was backdated to the days of when my grandfather moved our family from Cleveland to LA, and they drove across the country and to stop and get food, whatever kind of place they were going to, and they had to go round the back to get food for the family. You know, I thought that was really isolated to those days that we were past, and sadly they’re not.
I am really proud of my heritage on both sides, I’m really proud of where I’ve come from and where I’m going. But yeah, 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. I mean certainly, it makes it a lot more beautiful and a lot more interesting.
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While the Duchess hasn’t made an official statement through any of the royal family’s social media channels (to be expected as she is no longer a working royal), the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust has posted. Meghan oversees the trust with Harry and Queen Elizabeth II.
“Young people are vital voices in the fight against injustice and racism around the world,” the organization wrote on its Twitter yesterday. “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.”
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