From Hollywood to the Queen’s Tea Table: the First Black Woman in the Royal Family

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Sarah Beth Sammons

Meghan Markle has been in the spotlight a lot lately, so, for this black history month, why not highlight her for being the first black person in the British royal family and not for trashing the royal family?

Meghan married Harry on May 19th 2018 at Windsor Castle in the St. George’s chapel. Prince Harry, the son of Charles 111 and Princess Diana of Whales, had the title of Prince of Whales before he was married. On the day of their wedding Prince Harry and Meghan assumed the title of  Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel- making Meghan the first black Duchess and member of the royal family. 

Meghan has touched on this subject many times stating that some royal family members are great and others have made many rude comments. It’s no secret that Meghan has faced many hardships on this topic especially coming from the British media. They wrote articles suggesting she was straight out of Compton all though she had never lived there. They made fun of her mother and hers appearance calling her moms hair dreadlocks and even suggested they had exotic blood. The claim that many royal family members considered it a right of passage because many of their spouses had been put through similar things by the british media. They also said that many family members didn’t realize the undertones of racism. 

It is not all bad because many people of color in the UK have seen Meghan as groundbreaking and a role model.  They feel that it’s great to have representation in the royal family since much of the Commonwealth are people of color.

Meghan Markle is making history, and it’s great to see a more diverse member of the royal family. Someone who is pushing the envelope just a bit more and representing a new age in the UK.