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Royal Family Is In Chaos Following Meghan Markle’s Revealing Interview On ITV

For the first time since Meghan Markle became a mother, she and her husband, Prince Harry, offer a series of candid interviews in a new ITV documentary, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.” The newlyweds open up about their mental health challenges as a result of “unfair” British tabloids while they embarked on a tour of southern Africa on behalf of the United Kingdom. On the last day of their tour, the world learned of the royal couple’s legal action against the British press. Meghan has sued the Mail over allegedly unlawfully publishing a private letter written to her father.

Since the documentary has aired, supporters have rallied to Markle’s side, demanding that the British press ‘leave her alone’. The documentary seems to have also invited further criticism from the Royal family.

The criticism seems so harsh, Meghan Markle was touched to even be asked how she’s doing.

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“Not many people have asked if I’m okay,” she told journalist Tom Bradby. “But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.” In the video, she goes on to say, “Look, any woman when they’re — especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn, it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed.”

In hindsight, Markle feels she was “naive” about how her choice to marry Prince Harry would invite so much destruction in her life.

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“I had no idea,” she recalls. “Which probably sounds difficult to understand here, but when I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life.’ I didn’t get it.”

But the tabloid commentators aren’t letting up.

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“I’m frankly astonished that Meghan is surprised by scrutiny from the tabloids and that she claims there aren’t any tabloids in the US,” royal commentator Phil Dampier told The Daily Mail. “She has been an actress for many years and must’ve had all sorts of publicity, good and bad. I can’t believe she would be that naive. Also, surely Harry, who is so desperate to protect her, would have warned her right from the start what she was letting herself in for.  And they both said as much in their engagement interview.” 

Dampier continues to blame the couple for the bad press, citing that “lecturing people about climate change while using private jets themselves” doesn’t gain any favors with the public. Dampier also went on to effectively say that the tax dollars that pay for their lives entitle the public to pictures of baby Archie’s christening, and the names of his godparents.

The Queen is reportedly “very worried” that the couple is seeking to be “divisive” rather than constructive by airing their grievances against the press.

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Critics are continuing to presume that the Queen is unhappy with the couple’s choice to be candid, something that Princess Diana received a lot of pushback for. Queen Elizabeth certainly kept her emotional world a secret to the public. Prince William, Harry’s older brother, is also reportedly “worried” that the couple was “in a fragile place” after seeing the documentary. 

But women of color aren’t having any of the royal families’ criticisms.

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“The British Press literally destroyed Princess Diana,” Evette sub-tweeted. “I am unsure why the Royal Family assumed Meghan Markle, a mixed-race woman from the United States, would be treated any better. If anything, they should’ve anticipated she’d be treated worse and insulated her better.”

For Prince Harry, protecting his family from the tabloids has been a matter of life-or-death.

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Prince Harry lost his mother, Princess Diana, to a car crash in Paris in 1997 while she attempted to escape pursuit from the paparazzi. “I will always protect my family, and now I have a family to protect,” Prince Harry said when asked if he was worried that his wife would experience the same pressure his mother did. “So everything that she [Diana] went through, and what happened to her, is incredibly important every single day, and that is not me being paranoid — that is just me not wanting a repeat of the past.”

For now, the Internet seems to be #TeamMeghan, and are coming to her defense.

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Famed journalist Katie Couric took to Twitter to say, “I so admire #MeghanMarkle for being honest, open and vulnerable about the struggles she’s faced as a new mother and very public figure. #WeLoveYouMeghan.”

Roxanne Gay, author of “Bad Feminist”, tweeted her support, “I am very moved by that video of Meghan Markle. The pain in her eyes. I feel so much empathy for her and just want to reach out in friendship. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to deal with the British press and the monarchy while just trying to live.”

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Prince Harry Says Being Married to Meghan Markle Taught Him About Unconscious Bias: ‘I Had No Idea it Existed’

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Prince Harry Says Being Married to Meghan Markle Taught Him About Unconscious Bias: ‘I Had No Idea it Existed’

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Prince Harry continues to shed his upper crust image by tackling important social issues head-on. On Monday, the Duke of Sussex sat down with UK Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson for a conversation with GQ. In the conversation, Prince Harry admitted that he “had no idea” unconscious bias existed before he experienced it firsthand through the treatment of his wife, Meghan Markle.

The GQ conversation focused on hot-button topics like structural racism, unconscious bias, and the responsibility of white people to educate themselves on the aforementioned topics.

Prince Harry started the conversation of by commending Hutchinson for his activist worth and adding that there’s still “lots of work to do” when it comes to dismantling racism worldwide. The conversation turned personal when the two began to discuss unconscious bias, with Hutchinson broaching the subject.

“There are a lot of people who either don’t think that [racism] exists or they don’t want change and they’re fighting against it. And I don’t know what these people are afraid of,” said Hutchinson.

Prince Harry became personal, revealing that his background as the literal Prince of England had made him ignorant to the widespread nature of racism before.

“Unconscious bias… having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was. I had no idea it existed.” He then admitted: “Sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realize it [existed], especially then living a day or a week in my wife [Meghan]’s shoes.”

Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle started dating in 2016, Markle has been on the receiving end of vicious media attacks–many of them fueled by racism.

At the time, Prince Harry condemned the British press for their treatment of Markle. He released a statement decrying the “racial undertones of comment pieces” and the “outright sexism and racism of social media trolls” that Markle has to deal with. Recently, Meghan spoke about the hate her and Harry receive for being in an interracial marriage.

Prince Harry described unconscious bias to Hutchinson as largely beyond people’s control, but worth addressing once you’re aware of it. “No one’s blaming anybody,” Prince Harry said.

“You can’t really point fingers, especially when it comes to unconscious bias. But once you realize or you feel a little bit uncomfortable, then the onus is on you to go out and educate yourself, because ignorance is no longer an excuse.”

Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been on the receiving end of criticism for their vocal support of the Black Lives Matter movement and their video campaigns urging people to vote in the upcoming election.

About dismantling structural racism, Prince Harry said, “It’s going to take every single one of us to really change things and anyone that’s pushing against it really needs to take a long, hard look at themselves in the mirror.”

He continued: “This isn’t black versus white…This is a global movement. The train has left the station. If you’re not on it now, then get on it because there’s so much that we can do.”

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Meghan Markle and Serena Williams’ Husband Alexis Ohanian Talk About the Hate They’ve Both Received For Being In Interracial Relationships

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Meghan Markle and Serena Williams’ Husband Alexis Ohanian Talk About the Hate They’ve Both Received For Being In Interracial Relationships

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Meghan Markle continues to shine a spotlight on the difficult issues that she experiences from being a woman of color in the public eye.

On Tuesday, the Duchess of Sussex sat down for a “Time 100” talk with Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian about diversity in the tech industry. Ohanian, it should be noted, is also the husband of one of Markle’s closest friends, tennis superstar Serena Williams.

While the talk was supposed to be about “Building a Better Tech Industry”–a discussion about the importance of the “role that social media and technology companies play in society”–the conservation soon took a personal detour. Ohanian and Markle bonded over the vitriol they’ve both received online from being in interracial relationships.

The conversation started with Ohanian discussing his decision to step down from Reddit’s board of directors in June–a decision he called an act of “protest”. He asked, instead, for his place to be filled by a Black candidate. Ohanian made the decision in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement that was sweeping the nation at the time.

Ohanian explained to Markle that the vitriolic criticism he received from certain corners of the internet simply assured him that he was doing the right thing. “I just remarked recently on Twitter that given that I am still getting hate mail about [my resignation,] I knew I made the right choice.”

Markle praised Ohanian for “leading by example” before adding her own experience. “I’m sorry to hear that you’re still receiving hate mail. I know we have shared experiences in being in interracial marriages and you know raising small children who are of mixed race and how that plays into that.”

Recently, Markle has been vocal about how she’s been on the receiving end of both racist media attacks and incessant internet “trolling” over her relationship with Prince Harry. In an interview with the “Teenage Therapy” podcast, she opened up about the effect that the constant attacks have on her mental health.

“I’m told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female…it’s almost unsurvivable,” she said. She then added, “I don’t care if you’re 15 or you’re 25, if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.”

Both Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, are actively trying to fight against online bullying and harassments through philanthropic efforts. Recently, Prince Harry called hatred in the online world a “global crisis”.

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