‘Concerns about how dark his skin might be’: Meghan drops racism bombshell on why UK royals didn’t want her son to be prince
The British royal family did not want her and Prince Harry’s son, Archie, to be a prince – at least partly – due to concerns about “how dark his skin might be” when he was born, Meghan Markle claimed, triggering a riot on Twitter.
“They didn't want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn't going to receive security,” Meghan told Oprah Winfrey in an interview aired on CBS on Sunday night.
In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we have in tandem the conversation of, you won't be given security, not gonna be given a title and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born.
“WHOA.”Dunno about you, but I had the same reaction as @Oprah when Meghan dropped that “family” expressed concerns to Harry about how dark Archie’s skin might be. #KHOU11#HTownRushpic.twitter.com/g2pTsMIwvO— BrandiKHOU (@BrandiKHOU) March 8, 2021
Meghan refused to elaborate, saying that those conversations were relayed to her by Harry, and that revealing their source would be “very damaging.”
Royalty is not a shield from the devastation and despair of racism. #MeghanMarkle— Be A King (@BerniceKing) March 8, 2021
The explosive claim triggered an avalanche of outrage on Twitter.
Nope. Nope nope nope. How dark is the baby going to be? What a sick question for anyone in the royal family or their employment to ask. And then they decide Archie would never have a title, or security? #OprahMeghanHarry— Quita Culpepper (@QuitaC_KVUE) March 8, 2021
This is like Diana's interviews times a billion in terms of historical significance and global impact. A huge difference in addition to the racial context is that this time, the woman being targeted by the Palace has her MAN by her side. #MeghanAndHarry did NOT come to play!— Professor Fleming (@alwaystheself) March 8, 2021
But while most users blasted the British royal family for “racism,” some actually accused Meghan of playing a “race card” for sympathy.
This royal family drama is so stupid. Meghan Markle is a gold digger & super liberal. She’s accusing the Royal Family of racism. She’s wants us to believe she was a slave in the U.K. Well she is one wealthy slave. The race card is getting pretty old.— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) March 8, 2021
#OprahMeghanHarry I don't believe a word Meghan says. Not a word. She is lying to make herself a victim. She is using the race card to gain sympathy. Evil.— Simi Garewal (@Simi_Garewal) March 8, 2021
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his American wife officially broke away from the royal family in 2020 to focus on personal endeavors and live on their own independent incomes. The couple moved to California and have since become very vocal about politics and current affairs – traditionally a big no-no for members of the royal family.
You know why Black women believe Meghan? Because we know exactly what micro aggressions look like. And how they slowly drive you insane. #OprahMeghanHarry— Nina Parker (@MzGossipGirl) March 8, 2021
Notably, as a great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, Archie was not automatically eligible for the title of ‘Prince’ from birth; the title is normally reserved for the children and grandchildren of the monarch. In December 2012, Queen Elizabeth II made an exception to the rule for the children of Prince William, declaring that his children with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, would have the title Prince or Princess and the style royal highness.
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