Meghan Markle has said she ‘wasn’t treated like a black woman’ before she came to the UK.
In an explosive new Netflix documentary ‘Harry & Meghan’ the Duchess of Sussex candidly shares an incident when her mother was the victim of racial abuse.
She recalls a time when she attended a concert with her mum at the Hollywood Bowl, “The last concert I went there I went with my mum, we were in the parking lot leaving and my mom honked her horn because the woman was taking a long time to figure out how to get out.
“The woman turned around and screamed the N-word at my mum. I just remember my mum, the grip her hands had on the steering wheel, you could see her fist was so tight, like the knuckles got all white, she was just silent the rest of the drive home, we never talked about it.
Meghan Markle candidly shares an incident when her mother was the victim of racial abuse. Netflix
“I had never in my life heard someone say the N-word, very different to be a minority but not be treated as a minority right off the bat.
“I’d say now, people are very aware of my race because they made it such an issue when I went to the UK, but before that most people didn’t treat me like a ‘black woman’ so that talk didn’t have to happen for me.”
Elsewhere in the series, Prince Harry said members of the royal family asked why the Duchess of Sussex should be “protected” when they questioned newspaper headlines about her.
Prince Harry said members of the royal family asked why Meghan Markle should be “protected” Netflix
He said: “The direction from the Palace was don’t say anything.
“But what people need to understand is, as far as a lot of the family were concerned, everything that she was being put through, they had been put through as well.
“So it was almost like a rite of passage, and some of the members of the 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’.”
The series opens with a statement that reads: “This is a first-hand account of Harry & Meghan’s story, told with never before seen personal archive.
“All interviews were completed by August 2022.
“Members of the royal family declined to comment on the content within this series.”