In March 2021, Meghan Markle
, a biracial woman with a Black mother and white father, opened up to Oprah Winfrey
about the racism she received not only from the rabid British press but also from her in-laws, the British Royal Family. Although they acknowledged the micro-aggressions
and specific incidents of racism, the Sussexes have previously refrained from deeper critiques of the racist and imperialist nature of the British Royal Family — and therefore Harry’s own family, including his late grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. And in Harry and Meghan,
they still don’t go deeper themselves. Meghan even expresses seeming regret that her discussion of depression in the Oprah interview had been “completely eclipsed by the conversation surrounding race.” However, Harry and Meghan
does recruit prominent Black U.K.intellectuals (namely historian David Olusoga
and journalist Afua Hirsch
) to indirectly make the strongest statements against the monarchy racist and imperialist nature that we’ve seen from senior royals in recent memory — or perhaps ever.