Harry’s girl­friend tells of racism

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LON­DON: Prince Harry’s girl­friend has told how she feels com­pelled to speak out about racism af­ter be­ing sub­jected to years of prej­u­dice by peo­ple un­aware of her her­itage. Meghan Markle, pic­tured, whose yoga teacher mother, Do­ria Ragland, is black and fa­ther, Thomas Markle, is white, claimed some who be­lieved she was Cau­casian made dis­taste­ful “black jokes”.

In an in­ter­view with Pride, a Bri­tish mag­a­zine tar­get­ing black and mixed-race women, she said: “It makes me think of the count­less black jokes peo­ple have shared in front of me, not re­al­is­ing I am mixed. I think I feel an obli­ga­tion now to talk about dis­crim­i­na­tion… or even to talk about the fact that most peo­ple can’t tell that I’m half black.

“The sort of con­ver­sa­tion I hear, that once they re­alise I’m mixed they’re like: ‘Oh sorry!’ Be­cause I’ve just been this eth­ni­cally am­bigu­ous fly on the wall lis­ten­ing to ev­ery­thing that you’re say­ing that you wouldn’t have com­fort­ably said had you known I was black, so I don’t care if I’m fairskinned and I don’t care what it is, that’s who I am, that’s my fam­ily’.”

The star of pop­u­lar US tele­vi­sion le­gal drama Suits is cel­e­brat­ing her 36th birth­day with Queen El­iz­a­beth’s grand­son in Botswana on a ro­man­tic sa­fari.

Harry is said to be “blown away” by Markle’s po­lit­i­cal and phil­an­thropic ac­tivism, some­thing she tack­les in her in­ter­view with Pride. She says: “My hope for the world is to get to a place where it’s colour blind.”

As the glam­orous Rachel Zane in Suits, she re­vealed she has had to fight against be­ing made to wear a towel “in every scene”. – Daily Mail

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