Meghan Markle not first woman of African descent married to the British Royalty 

Meghan Markle not first woman of African descent married to the British Royalty 

Before Meghan Markle’s introduction as a British Royalty of African descent, historians have argued that Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg -Strelitz was

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Before Meghan Markle’s introduction as a British Royalty of African descent, historians have argued that Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg -Strelitz was the first woman of African descent married to the British Royalty. Queen Charlotte was originally named Sophia Charlotte prior to her marriage to King George III. 

It appears Meghan Markle may not be the first British royal of African descent. Historians have argued and presented proof that Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz takes that position. Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz who was originally named Sophia Charlotte was born on, she became Queen of England because of her marriage to King George III. She was the youngest daughter of Duke Charles Louis Frederick and his wife Princess Elisabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen .

King George III was named the King of Great Britain after the death of his father, King George II, and was thereafter advised to get married at age 22. He was attracted to Princess Charlotte who was only 17 at that time, as she was still naïve and likely not interested in politics, power or issues of parties.

 Princess Charlotte grew up in Mecklenburg-Strelitz , a small north-German duchy in the Holy Roman Empire , and not so much as a royal. It was reported that the Princess only received average education which consists of some rudimentary instruction in botany, natural history, and language from tutors, but her education was more about household management and religion.

After the King’s marriage proposal, the Princess left Germany for London on the 17 of August, 1761. Six hours after her arrival at St James Palace, London on the 8th September 1761, she and the King were joined in holy matrimony.

According to information gathered from the African Diaspora, Maria de Valdes Y Cocom, Queen Charlotte was connected to the British family descendant of a black branch of the Portuguese royal family named Alfonso III and his concubine, Ouruana, who was a black Moor.

History accounts that Alfonso III of Portugal had defeated a small town called Faro from the Moors. The demanded for the governor’s daughter as a paramour. They got married and had three children together.

Valdes also reveals that one of their sons, Martin Alfonso, took wife from the noble de Sousa family, which also had black origin. This however pinpoints how Charlotte’s African was traced from both families.

Valdes also beam more lights on several other descriptions of Queen Charlotte, that reveals sceptical Africans in several British colonies who were personally convinced by some of her unique African features as seen on portraits and coins held her in high esteem.

Based on this assertion, one can say that Queen Charlotte passed on her mixed-race heritage to her granddaughter, Queen Victoria, and Britain’s incumbent monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

According to David Williamson, “In any case, all European royal families somewhere are connected to the kings of Castile. There is a lot of Moorish blood in the Portuguese royal family and it has diffused over the rest of Europe.

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