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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New Trailor Teases Meghan And Prince Harry’s Interview With Oprah— ” no subject that’s off-limits”


New Trailor Teases Meghan And Prince Harry’s Interview With Oprah— ” no subject that’s off-limits”

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No doubt the world is curious about the future of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The Royal couple has spent much of quarantine like the rest of us, living a low-key life and taking part in quite a bit of Zoom calls. Still, they’ve also managed to maintain public attention and curiosity at one of the largest scales. Since last March, the couple has moved from the UK to Los Angeles, launched the non-profit organization Archewell Inc., officially retired from the Royal family, and announced a second pregnancy.

Now, after a much talked-about resignation from Royal life, the couple are taking part in a “tell-all” interview with the one and only Oprah Winfrey.

The first look at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired over the weekend.

On Sunday, CBS teased a few clips from  Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special during 60 Minutes.

“I just want to make it clear to everybody there is no subject that’s off-limits,” Winfrey says in the newly-aired clip. Later she asks Meghan, “Were you silent or were you silenced?” and “Almost unsurvivable sounds like there was a breaking point.”

At one point, Prince Harry comments that in regards to his relationship with Meghan, his “biggest concern was history repeating itself.” This is likely a reference to the death of his mother, Princess Diana, who passed away in 1997 after being chased down by paparazzi. “I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side,” Harry went onto share in the clip. “Because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her, going through this process by herself all those years ago.”

“It has been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other,” he can be seen saying in another clip of the interview while sitting next to Meghan.

While we don’t see their responses, the clips show Winfrey asking Meghan and Harry a series of personal questions.

At one point the interviewer comments that there is “no subject that’s off-limits” in the discussion, and later added, “you’ve said some pretty shocking things here.”

Last week, Prince Harry spoke about his recent decision to step away from Royal life in a lengthy interview with James Corden’s “Late Late Show.”

“We all know what the British press can be like, and it was destroying my mental health,” Harry said during one segment with Corden. “I was like, this is toxic. So I did what any husband and what any father would do.”

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Meghan Markle Reveals She Had a Miscarriage Earlier This Year


Meghan Markle Reveals She Had a Miscarriage Earlier This Year

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In a heartbreaking essay titled “The Losses We Share” written for The New York Times, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, revealed that she had a miscarriage earlier this year. It was not public knowledge that she was pregnant.

The essay describes where she was and what she was doing the moment it happened.

“It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day: Make breakfast. Feed the dogs. Take vitamins. Find that missing sock. Pick up the rogue crayon that rolled under the table. Throw my hair in a ponytail before getting my son from his crib,” she wrote.

“After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right. I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”

Markle went on to describe the “almost unbearable grief” that she and her husband, Prince Harry, experienced in the aftermath of her miscarriage.

“Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, “Are you OK?”

The essay goes on to talk about the trauma of loss that so many have experienced in 2020–first through the coronavirus pandemic, then through witnessing on onslaught of racial violence in a tumultuous summer, then through an acrimonious, divisive election cycle.

“This year has brought so many of us to our breaking points,” she wrote. “Loss and pain have plagued every one of us in 2020, in moments both fraught and debilitating.”

She ended the piece on a hopeful note, describing the bittersweet unity that humankind is experiencing in the face of such shared hardships.

“We are adjusting to a new normal where faces are concealed by masks, but it’s forcing us to look into one another’s eyes–sometimes filled with warmth, other times with tears. For the first time, in a long time, as human beings, we are really seeing one another. Are we OK? We will be.”

Meghan Markle’s is now part of the growing movement of female public figures destigmatizing pregnancy loss.

In September, Chrissy Teigen revealed on social media that she was going to the hospital due to pregnancy complications. Hours later, she shared with the world: “Driving home from the hospital with no baby. How can this be real?”

Teigen went on to write an essay on Medium about why she took pictures of her pregnancy loss experience and chose to share them with the world: “I lived it, I chose to do it, and more than anything, these photos aren’t for anyone but the people who have lived this or are curious enough to wonder what something like this is like,” she said. “These photos are only for the people who need them.”

Teigen went on to ask women who have had similar experiences to hers to not be afraid of sharing their stories with the world: “The worst part is knowing there are so many women that won’t get these quiet moments of joy from strangers. I beg you to please share your stories and to please be kind to those pouring their hearts out. Be kind in general, as some won’t pour them out at all.”

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