Meghan Markle speaks candidly about racism growing-up – before romantic holiday with Harry
Meghan Markle has spoken out about the heartbreaking racist abuse she has experienced in a candid interview ahead of a romantic birthday treat with Prince Harry.
Miss Markle is celebrating her 36th birthday this week in a fairytale getaway with Prince to Botswana, but as a keen philathropist the Suits actress opened up about her experiences of racism as a child.
The Los Angeles native revealed how when growing up she and her African-American mother had been on the receiving end of racist jokes.
Miss Markle also recalled hearing her mother Doria being called the N-word, and this has spurred to speak about being mixed-race.
She told Pride Magazine: “I don’t care if I’m fair-skinned and I don’t care what it is, that’s who I am and that’s my family.
“My hope is for the world to get to a place where it’s colour blind.”
This is not the first time the Suits actress have spoken out about her childhood.
According to her old blog, The Tig, Doria would take her on holidays to remote and impoverished places – sparking the actor’s interest in philanthropy.
Miss Markle also wrote about her pride in being mixed race on The Tig, which has since been closed down.
She wrote: “My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American.
I don’t care if I’m fair-skinned and I don’t care what it is, that’s who I am
“I have come to embrace [it, and] to say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman.”
Last year she also spoke at the Create & Cultivate conference in Atlanta about racism and Hollywood.
Speaking about how her physicality helped her bag acting roles, she said: “Because I’m biracial I was able to get into so many more rooms because they didn’t exactly know where they could put me.”
But Miss Markle also revealed there were a lot more disappointments.
She added: “With that said, I heard ‘no’ so many more times than you would if you could only go in for the blonde-haired blue-eyed girl.”
She appeared as a series regular in Suits from 2011 – and the role catapulted the Los Angeles native to fame.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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