As Black Lives Matter protests take place around the world an old video of Meghan Markle discussing her experience of racism has resurfaced online.
Meghan Markle took part in a campaign video in 2012 and spoke about her hopes for her future children and her love of LA.
In this video clip, Meghan Markle can be seen wearing a white T-shirt. The message on her T-shirt says: ‘I won’t stand for racism’. Meghan Markle begins by saying: “My name’s Meghan Markle and I’m here because I think it’s a really important campaign to be a part of. For me, I think it really hits a personal note. I’m bi-racial, most people can’t tell what I’m mixed with and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall.
Some of the slurs I’ve heard are really offensive joke and it’s just hit me in a really strong way. And, a couple of years ago I heard someone call my mum the N-word. So I think for me, beyond being personally affected by racism, just to see the landscape of what our country is like right now, certainly the world, and to want things to be better.”
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Later in the video, Meghan Markle can be seen talking about her experience of life outside Los Angeles. “Leaving LA was sort of like leaving this bubble where I was used to everything and had been exposed to everything except for closed-mindedness that I experienced when I travelled outside of where I was from,” she says.
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The Duchess concludes by saying: “I am very proud of my heritage on both sides. I’m really proud of where I’ve come from. But yeah, I hope that by the time I have children that people are even more open-minded to how things are changing and that having a mixed world is what it’s all about.
It’s not the first time that Meghan Markle has addressed racism. In the year 2015, she wrote an honest article for American Elle magazine. In that article, she described her experiences of growing up mixed-race. She expressed the moving story of how her parents Doria and Thomas worked hard to make sure their daughter felt included. FYI Meghan’s parents got divorced when she was six. “When I was about seven I had been fawning over a boxed set of Barbie dolls. It was called the Heart Family and included a mom doll, a dad doll and two children,” she recalled.
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“This perfect nuclear family was sold in sets of white dolls or black dolls. I don’t remember coveting one over the other, I just wanted one. On Christmas morning, there I found my Heart Family – a black mom doll, a white dad doll and a child in each colour. My dad had taken the sets apart and customised the family.”
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