Meghan Markle Opens Up About Past Experiences with Racism in Resurfaced Video
A video of Meghan Markle talking about racism has resurfaced amid the unrest over George Floyd's death. Watch it here.
In 2012, Markle spoke out for the “I Won't Stand For…” campaign for Erase the Hate. In the footage, she says, “I'm biracial. 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 I've heard or the really offensive jokes, or the names, it's just hit me in a really strong way.”
Meghan went on to say, “You know, a couple of years ago I heard someone call my mom [Doria Ragland] 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, certainly the world, and to want things to be better.”
The future Duchess further explained “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 is, I don't know, it can be a struggle as much as it can be a good thing, depending on the people that you're dealing with.”
Markle said she was “proud of my heritage on both sides” and “really proud of where I've come from.”
Meghan, who now has 1-year-old Archie with Prince Harry, looked to the future, saying, “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.”