Prince Harry's girlfriend has spoken out about the inequality she has experienced...
Meghan Markle is the name on everyone’s lips right now, and it’s primarily to do with the fact that she’s dating Prince Harry.
Yup, for better or worse, bagging a British royal gets you an awful lot of attention. And, sadly, it hasn’t all been a positive experience for the possible future Mrs Windsor.
In an unprecedented move, Kensington Palace released an official statement to announce that Prince Harry was dating the actress, with the intention of calling out the ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ comments that had, unfortunately, been surrounding his new girlfriend.
The statement, which was released in November of last year, quite rightly, underlined the fact that the treatment of his girlfriend had ‘seen a line crossed’, also referencing the ‘racial undertones of comment pieces’ and the ‘outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.’
In a new interview with Allure, Meghan has opened up about the inequality she has faced, particularly in her career as an actress and model.
The 35-year-old American, whose mother is African-American and father is Caucasian, revealed that she has previously been labelled ‘ethnically ambiguous’ in castings, and has also spoken out against the photoshopping of her skin.
The Suits actress said, ‘To this day, my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photo shoot.’
Prince Harry’s girlfriend also touched on the fact that she is often quizzed about where she is from, and that she used to feel that she didn’t quite fit in.
She said, ‘I took an African-American studies class at Northwestern where we explored colourism; it was the first time I could put a name to feeling too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community.’
It’s frustrating to hear that Meghan has had to face these experiences, but it’s great to see her using her platform to shed light on the issues.