All over the world, blacks and biracial folks rejoiced over the union of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who has a black mother and white father. Yes it was a royal wedding like never seen before. The introduction of a princess with a white father and black mother on the world stage was indeed a monumental moment. The most diverse royal wedding ceremony in British history was also roundly applauded on social media, with many describing the ceremony with the phrase ‘black excellence.’
Markle is now the Duchess of Sussex, with the only prior Duke of Sussex having been a noted abolitionist in the 1700s.
Whether it is the talk about what the wedding means to them in terms of biracial representation or that which inspires a new discussion about mixed-race identity, the British royal family would have experienced the best thing to happen to their public image in many many years with the historic wedding.
The conversations challenging Meghan Markle’s blackness has been so much and so it was an event that held great excitement not just for blacks or biracials but for men and women all over the world who stand against racial discrimination.
As the reggae maestro Bob Marley put it in his song war, ‘until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, everywhere is war.”
This mother of all royal weddings therefore, may well m ark the crack in the wall of the hypocrisy that attends racial judgments to a far-reaching degree and set the world on the path of freedom of the anomaly.
Indeed love scored a huge one and it subtly underscores that unique quality about the mother of Harry, the late Princess Diana, of genuine love for humanity. She was open to accepting people for all of their identities rather than simply categorizing them into one fixed box and today it is proven that genes can be pretty strong factors in how they shapes lives.
Markle has always been one proud of her heritage, a woman of strong character and great confidence, qualities which reflected in a piece she wrote in 2016 for a British magazine Elle UK, in which she discussed her biracial identity.
‘While my mixed heritage may have created a grey area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that.”
‘To say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman. That when asked to choose my ethnicity in a questionnaire as in my seventh grade class, or these days to check “Other”, I simply say: “Sorry, world, this is not Lost and I am not one of The Others. I am enough exactly as I am.” wrote Markle.
The guest list of the royal wedding included Cuban-American Suits actress Gina Torres and African-Americans such as tennis great Serena Williams, mother-of-the bride Doria Ragland and America’s queen, Oprah Winfrey. It was tearfully touching, perhaps the best love story since Romeo and Juliet such that it stirred members of the black community to tears as they watched livestream of the ceremony from all corners of the globe.
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While some may well moot that it is the monarchy that should be celebrating the latest royal union, many may also be circumspect that a wedding alone will not upturn the racism cart. Howbeit, it should be clear what good prospects or potentials the royal wedding inspires.
– Manny Ita