Royal couple face racism after engagement announcement
In late November 2017, it was announced that Prince Harry of Wales was engaged to actress from legal drama Suits, Meghan Markle. The couple were confirmed dating by royal publicists in October of 2016 after months of public speculation.
Markle and the prince met Queen Elizabeth II for tea in October, she said, “It’s incredible, I think, to be able to meet her through his lens not just with his honor and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother.”
However, not all responses to the engagement announcement have been positive. In early January, UK Independence Party leader Henry Bolton’s girlfriend, Jo Marney, sent text messages to a friend that expressed her distaste for a non-British princess.
“Her seed will taint our royal family,” wrote 25 year old fashion model Marney. “She’s black. A dumb little ‘actress’ no one has heard of. This is Britain, not Africa.”
After the friend branded Marney ‘racist,’ the model continued, saying, “Not wanting other races and cultures to invade your own culture doesn’t mean I hate their race. Just means I don’t want their cultures invading mine. Pushing their way to the top slowly, slowly. Next will be a Muslim Prime Minister. And a black king.”
However, the royal family has expressed their liking of Markle, who was the first person who was not yet married into the royal family to be invited to their Christmas celebrations, including church service and a turkey lunch.
The acceptance and love the family has given her is “all that matters” according to Humanities freshman Jaida Barksdale.
“It’s really cool that there’s other cultures introduced into the family and Prince Harry must really love her.” Barksdale continued.
Regarding the racist comments made, she gave her idea of a solution to the racial issues facing this debacle:
“As long as [the royal family] just learns how to ignore [racism] and continue to do what they think is right, they should be fine.
Humanities freshman Joann Cho had a different idea on how the couple should deal:
“There’s really no reason for Harry to bend to the expectations of the people.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning a more modern wedding in contrast to the Prince’s brother, Prince William and Catherine’s wedding. Markle and Prince Harry are set to wed on May 19, 2018 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Palace. The couple wants a smaller wedding than that of William and Catherine, therefore having it at a smaller venue. According to royal correspondent Emily Nash, Markle and Harry are “delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle are where they will start their married life” and they are “extremely grateful for the warm response” to their engagement.