Meghan Markle was Google’s most searched woman in 2016 and 2017 and it looks like 2018 would be no different. This started since the time she announced her relationship with Prince Harry as people became anxious to know alot about the beautiful woman who snared the heart of a prince.
A look into her life, beliefs and utterances over time would however show that, just maybe, it is the prince who has snared himself a queen.
Bold, courageous, kind, hardworking and a champion of women’s rights, the new Duchess of Sussex was born August 4, 1981 to a white father and a black mother, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland in Los Angeles, California, USA.This was an issue growing up as being biracial raised questions of if she white or black?
According to her, in her early day as an actress looking to snag a role, she was either not black enough or not white enough, causing her no small measure of pain and sadness. During an interview with Elle she said: ‘What are you?’ A question I get asked every week of my life, often every day. ‘Well,’ I say, as I begin the verbal dance I know all too well. ‘I’m an actress, a writer, the editor-in-chief of my lifestyle brand The Tig, a pretty good cook and a firm believer in handwritten notes.’ A mouthful, yes, but one that I feel paints a pretty solid picture of who I am. But here’s what happens: they smile and nod politely, maybe even chuckle, before getting to their point, ‘Right, but what are you? Where are your parents from?’ I knew it was coming, I always do. While I could say Pennsylvania and Ohio, and continue this proverbial two-step, I instead give them what they’re after: ‘My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American. I’m half black and half white.’
The bullying being biracial triggered did not stop her from being who she wants to be. It probably awakened the activist in her. At age 11, she wrote letters to the soap’s manufacturer Procter & Gamble, as well as civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred, Hillary Clinton (who was the First Lady at the time) and Nick News anchor Linda Ellerbee to stop an advertisement which she found offensive because of the way it portrayed women. From that small beginning, she became a UN Women ambassador, and avowed feminist.
Before Prince Harry, before the fame, before she started landing big money-making roles, Meghan volunteered at a soup kitchen as a teenager and an adult, worked as a freelance calligrapher, took on several contract acting and modelling jobs including a stint as a “briefcase girl” on the US game show “Deal or No Deal”. Before Prince Harry, there was Trevor Engelson who she was married to for two years. .
When Meghan and Prince Harry made their relationship public, it opened the door for racially-charged comments on Meghan. Many commentators took the chance to take a dig at her colour but she stood firm and strong.
“Reflecting on where I came from helps me to appreciate and balance what I have now,” she said.
We wish the actress turned princess, Her Royal Highness Meghan Duchess of Sussex and her charming prince a happy married life.