Is Meghan Markle the American the royals have needed all along?
In the run-up to Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle, a song and dance American, the focus was entirely on what her arrival meant. And no surprise, given she is – in order of importance, in regards to her alliance with the House of Windsor – a mixed race American divorcee actress. But this always was a marriage of two narratives. It’s just that hers was so extraordinary that his, amazingly, was briefly put in the shade.
Anyone tempted to underestimate how astonishing it is that a mixed-race woman is marrying into the royal family was duly set right last December when Princess Michael decided that the perfect accessory to sport to a lunch welcoming Markle to the family was a blackamoor pin. We are barely a breath away from when outright racism was very much the norm among the royals, from the Queen Mother talking blithely about “blackamoors” to Prince Harry himself using terms such as “Paki” and “raghead”. And in that regard, there is no doubt the Windsors need Markle a lot more than she needs them. “I’ve come to Windsor because it’s a mixed-race wedding. I felt no affinity to the royal family before. Now I feel more of a connection to them and this country. And if she makes some of the other royals or whoever feel uncomfortable, well, that’s disappointing, but it’s also gratifying because I feel like, well, now it’s YOUR turn to feel uncomfortable,” Susan B, an Egyptian-Guyanese from London, told me at Windsor train station, a stray piece of confetti still in her hair.
Written: Hadley Freeman
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