World Only ‘Focused’ on Race Amid Harry Romance

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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More revelations Meghan MarkleShe said she became more aware about her race after she began dating. Prince Harry.

The 41-year-old Duchess Of Sussex spoke out about the realities of being mixed in a chat. Mariah Carey on the Tuesday, August 30, episode of her “Archetypes” podcast on Spotify. “I think for us, it’s very different because we’re light-skinned,” the BenchGrammy winner, 53, was the recipient of this message. “You’re not treated as a Black woman. You’re not treated as a white woman. You sort of fit in between.”

The SuitsThe alum stated that she was more aware of her Black heritage after she fell in love with the 37-year-old Duke of Sussex.

“If there’s any time in my life that it’s been more focused on my race, it’s only once I started dating my husband,” she told the “Fantasy” crooner. “Then I started to understand what it was like to be treated like a Black woman. I was treated as a mixed woman up until then. And things really shifted.”

Meghan also said that Carey was someone she looked up too as a child. The pop star had a similar childhood. “You were so formative for me,” the California native said. “[When] you came onto the scene, I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. Someone … someone kind of looks like me.’”

The former TigBlogger has previously spoken out about how her race made it more difficult for her to be a part of the royal family. Before she and Harry tied the knot in 2018, the Invictus Games founder issued a rare public statement slamming the “wave of abuse and harassment” Meghan experienced after their romance began.

“Some of this has been very public — the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments,” the U.K. native’s communications secretary said in November 2016. “Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”

In March 2021, one year after their last engagement, the couple gave a bombshell interview to CBS. They both mentioned racism as one reason they decided to resign. Meghan, for her part, revealed that a family member once asked how “dark” her son’s skin would be when she was still pregnant with Archie, now 3. (The couple also have a 14-month-old daughter, Lili.

During the interview, Harry confirmed Meghan’s account of the discussion, but he said he would never reveal what was said or who said it. “That conversation I’m never going to share,” the former military pilot explained. “It was awkward. I was a bit shocked.”