Meghan Markle May Not Be The First Bi-Racial Royal

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Seems like, since the beginning of time, the entire world always goes crazy for one occasion: a royal wedding. Luckily for us, we’re able to witness two royal marriages in under a decade. The first one was Prince William who married Kate Middleton in 2011. Now we’ve got royal wedding number two: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! Here’s everything you need to know about the two newest royal lovebirds.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: A History

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For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past year, Prince Harry met Markle on a blind date in early July of 2016. Afterward, the couple dated and got engaged in November 2017. Markle is a smart and talented American actress. Occasionally the actress makes headlines, sometimes due to her physical appearance: her father is white, and her mother is African-American. Although this fact may have been a royal issue in the past, it appears as though the royal family has moved on. Some see this as a great win for equality, as Markle is celebrated for being the first African American to marry into the notoriously all-white royal family. But does this interpretation line up with history?

A Historical Revelation?

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Markle might not be the first ‘Black Princess’ (as titled by some news media outlets) to step into Buckingham Palace! In 1761, George III married Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. According to some historians, Charlotte was related to Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a black member of the Portuguese royal family.

In the 18th Century, there were obviously no cameras; historians rely on historical texts and paintings. Historians claim Charlotte’s facial features share some elements with other African court members of the time. Unfortunately, historians cannot locate Charlotte’s official heritage anywhere. It’s possible over time, royal historians whitewashed the truth. Meanwhile, others argue there’s a massive distance between Charlotte and her presumed African heritage.

A Celebration of Love

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Whether Charlotte’s African descent is real or imagined, the relationship between Markle and Harry has started a conversation about racial tensions in social media.

We can’t be sure if Markle is or isn’t the first Duchess who comes from African descent. We’re simply excited for another elegant, beautiful royal wedding. Queen Elizabeth, as well as Prince William, have all met Markle and adore her; we’re ecstatic for both Prince Harry and for Princess Meghan.