The Takeaway

Meghan and Harry’s Interview Underscored the Horrors of British Racism

Plus: It literally took a Black American — Tyler Perry — to help keep baby Archie safe after his blood family removed aid

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their baby son Archie during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Toby Melville/Pool/Getty Images

I caught all my Rastaman vibrations after watching Meghan and Harry sit down with Oprah. I actively started to “Chant Down Babylon” reciting the classic Bob Marley song and calling out for lightning and thunder to cast Meghan and Harry’s enemies asunder. I even joined my mum in citing Psalms 109 to provide divine protection for Meghan and their son Archie and smite their enemies.

Despite my desire to protect them, what the interview did was underscore the horrors of White supremacy and anti-Black racism and reinforced the hard lessons I learned long ago.

  1. “Your silence will not protect you.” — Audre Lorde

Meghan describes herself as a woman who has always valued independence and had spoken up for herself and others but had had her voice silenced by the royal family. She even draws parallels with her royal life and that of Ariel in the iconic Disney film, The Little Mermaid. Ariel lost her voice after falling in love with a prince and then after a whole lot of drama, like Meghan, Ariel gets her voice back. It’s clear that when using her voice her family has a much better chance of survival.

2. “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman.”Malcolm X

The loathing, devaluing, and dehumanization of Black women is a global issue. Meghan revealed she was denied mental health support despite telling the palace she was desperately unhappy and that she was having “clear and real and frightening and constant” thoughts of suicide while pregnant with her son Archie. “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.” They told her it was bad optics. I guess her committing suicide would have been the preferred outcome. Harry said this was one of the motivating factors for asking to step back from royal duties, so he could protect his wife.

3. “Your proximity to whiteness will not protect you.” — Unknown

Meghan’s light skin makes her the most desirable of Black women and is known otherwise as colorism. This is what helped her get through the royal door but White supremacy’s reliance on anti-Black racism is what justified her abuse. This was the reason why family members were asking how dark unborn baby Archie’s skin would be and in part why he does not have a royal title, a decision that was made by the palace before he was born. It took U.S. mogul Tyler Perry to offer them a mansion to live in and his security detail to protect them after the royal family kicked them to the curb.

4. “Action over chat.”

This Caribbean adage reminds me to focus on what people do, not what they say. Meghan said she believed her mistake was believing the royal family would protect her from what was anti-Black racist and sexist abuse. They did not defend her in the press even when they knew Kate made her cry when she was being vilified for being a bully.

The place did not ensure Harry, Meghan, or Archie received adequate security despite knowing a U.K. tabloid published their home address. This stands in stark contrast to how the palace and media has consistently rallied around Prince Andrew, the queen’s second son and an accused sex offender with clear links to American pedophile, Jefferey Epstein.

5. “The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work.” — Toni Morrison

Much of the British media coverage of Meghan is rooted in anti-Black racism. A comprehensive list of her abuse is noted here. One of Meghan’s most hateful detractors is Piers Morgan who branded her the “Pinocchio Princess”on Monday. He has since left his TV morning breakfast show after a clash over comments he made about Meghan’s mental health. More than 41,000 people complained and he is now being investigated by U.K. media regulator, Ofcom.

Harry said that his family’s attitude changed to Meghan after their wildly successful official tour of Australia in 2018. I remember that tour. Harry and Meghan were becoming vastly more popular than William, Harry’s elder brother, and Kate, his wife — the future king and queen of England. It’s about that time the much U.K. media buried the story about William having an affair with Kate’s friend Rose Hanbury. That year, William’s legal team reached out to any U.K. outlets reporting the infidelity and threatened them with legal action. But the palace was cool to allow anti-Black, racist reporting on Meghan though.

6. “Money does not buy you happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery.” — Daniel Kahneman

Harry said he felt like history was repeating itself and made a clear reference to his mother, Princess Diana who was killed in car crash when being chased by relentless paparazzi. The only reason he said he and Meghan could survive, after he was cut off financially by the family in early 2020, was from the money his mother had left him. This reminded me of the importance of generational wealth no matter where you are on the social stratum.

The palace has since released a statement where the queen stated accusations of racism in the ranks of the royal family will be “taken very seriously” following Meghan and Harry’s bombshell interview.

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