Defender of Sussexes left torn by ‘inappropriate’ media usage though ‘race was a factor’


In the new documentary, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spoke about life in the Royal Family, press intrusion and racism.

He said in the documentary: “So, it was almost like a rite of passage, and some of the members of the royal family were like: ‘My wife had to go through that, so why should your girlfriend be treated any differently? Why should you get special treatment? Why should she be protected?’”

“I said: ‘The difference here is the race element.’”

As the documentary was released, stepped out to the streets of London to understand the sentiments of the Britons on the comments made by the Sussexes.

British public

This girl was asked about Harry and Meghan’s claims on the show (Image:

Meghan Markle

In the series, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spoke about life in the Royal Family (Image: Netflix)

One of the viewers who watched the show told reporter Charles Harrison: “From the UK media perspective, race also played a factor in how she was treated.

“But I think they have taken advantage of the media presence they have been given.”

In the series, the images of newspaper headlines flashed up saying: “Harry’s girl is (almost) straight outta Compton”.

Responding to the headlines, Meghan said in the documentary: “Firstly, I’m not from Compton, I’ve never lived in Compton, so it’s factually incorrect. But why do you have to make a dig at Compton?”

Meghan Markle

Buckingham Palace has not yet responded to the claims. (Image: Netflix)

Other headlines shown in the documentary included “One’s gone GangstER”, and another saying Meghan’s ancestors were a “tailor, a teacher and a cleaner in racially divided Jim Crow South”.

Speaking about the press coverage, Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, said paparazzi would take pictures of deprived neighbourhoods in Los Angeles.

Ms Ragland told the documentary.“They would take pictures of different parts of, say, Skid Row, and say that is where I lived and that is where she was from.”

Recalling the incident, Meghan said it was “horrible.”

The Duchess continued: “But I continued to hold the line. Say nothing.”

Ms Ragland said she warned her daughter about race. “I said, ‘You may not want to hear this, but this is what’s coming down the pike.’”

On speaking out, Harry said: “My son, my daughter, my children are mixed race, and I’m really proud of that.

“When my kids grow up, and they look back at this moment, and they turn to me and say, ‘What did you do in this moment?’, I want to be able to give them an answer.”

Buckingham Palace has not yet responded to the claims.

At the start of episode one, a message says members of the Royal Family declined to comment on “the content within this series”.

The next episodes of the series will be released on December 15.


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