Meghan Markle has narrated a very shocking story about her family’s experience with racism.
Meghan Markle shared an alike painful incident with her fans on her then-functional website The Tig.
The Duchess of Sussex, who has a Caucasian father and an African American mother, recounted a story her grandfather Alvin told her when she was only 11 years old. Her grandparents had packed up the car and were going on a road trip from Ohio to California. They were travelling with their three children including their daughter, Meghan’s mum.
“At the time, road trips to me were a collection of Are we there yet?s, the license plate game, the drive-throughs for filler food (where McDonald’s was less of a treat and more of the norm), photo ops by signs welcoming you from one state to the next, and stops at local restaurants to stretch your legs,” wrote Meghan.
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Meghan Markle further added: “‘Things were very different back then’. My grandfather said. ‘Meggie, on our road trip, when we went to Kentucky Fried Chicken, we had to go to the back for ‘coloureds.’ The member of the kitchen staff handed me the chicken from the back door. We had to eat in the parking lot. That’s just what it was.”
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Meghan, who is now married to Prince Harry, admitted that the story “still haunts” her. “It reminds me of how far ahead we’ve come till now and how far we still have to go,” said Meghan. “All this makes me think of the countless black jokes people have shared in front of me, not realising I am mixed, unaware that I am the ethnically ambiguous fly on the wall. It makes me wonder what my parents experienced as a mixed-race couple.
“It echoes the time my mum and I were leaving a concert at The Hollywood Bowl, and a woman called her the ‘N’ word because she was taking too long to pull out of the parking spot. I remember how hot my skin felt.
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Meghan Markle recently wrote a powerful post about the difficulties of growing up biracial. Meghan eventually concluded by saying that she embraced her mixed heritage and is proud to be “a strong, confident mixed-race woman”.
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