Meghan Markle Speaks Out About Her Experience With Racism In Resurfaced Video

Meghan Markle currently does not own any social media platform—following her and Prince Harry’s decision to step back from their royal family roles. But Meghan spoke candidly about her experiences with racism and her hopes for the future back in 2012. A fan account posted the video late last year, and it resurfaced on Hello! on Tuesday as Black Lives Matter protests continue across the globe in response to the murder of George Floyd and other Black citizens by police.

At that time, Meghan was still an actress on the USA show called Suits. She participated in the “I Won’t Stand For…” campaign as part of the charity Erase the Hate. In the video, she wears a T-shirt with the words “I Won’t Stand For Racism” as she opens up about being biracial.

“I’m biracial. Most people can’t tell what I’m mixed with, and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall,” Meghan said. “And so some of the slurs I’ve heard or the really offensive jokes, or the names, it’s just hit me in a really strong way.” 

She continued by bringing up an experience with her mother, Doria Ragland. “You know, a couple of years ago I heard someone call my mom the N-word. So I think for me, beyond being personally affected by racism, just to see the landscape of what our country is like right now, certainly the world, and to want things to be better,” she continued.

I’m biracial, most people can’t tell what I’m mixed with and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall

Meghan went on to say that people are often treated based on how they look, but “certain people don’t look at me and see me as a black woman or a biracial woman.”

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“They treat me differently I think than they would if they knew what I was mixed with and I think that is, I don’t know, it can be a struggle as much as it can be a good thing depending on the people that you’re dealing with,” she said.

In the video, The Duchess of Sussex wore a T-shirt that said “I won’t stand for racism” and spoke about her hopes that by the time she became a mother, the world would be more anti-racist and accepting. Clearly, there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done. Because Meghan already welcomed her first child, Archie, with Prince Harry in 2019. And racism is still here, and it’s only getting worse. Watch the full video here