‘I won’t stand for racism’: Meghan Markle speaks out in uncovered video

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

A video showing Meghan Markle speaking out about racism has been unearthed as protests continue over the death of George Floyd.

The footage was taken eight years ago, in 2012, when the Duchess of Sussex was 30-years-old and long before she met Prince Harry and welcomed her adorable baby boy, Archie, into the world. 

Meghan Markle talked about her own experience with racism in an uncovered video. Photo: Erase The Hate

Filmed for the 'I Won't Stand For...' campaign for non-profit organisation Erase the Hate, Meghan goes into detail about her own experience with racism and how she wishes by the time she has her own children people will be more open-minded.

"I'm biracial. Most people can’t tell what I'm mixed with, and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall," Meghan started the video. 

"And so some of the slurs I've heard or the really offensive jokes, or the names, it's just hit me in a really strong way."

Meghan went on to recall a moment her mother was at the receiving end of a racial slur and how it affected her. 

"You know, a couple of years ago I heard someone call my mom the N-word. So I think for me, beyond being personally affected by racism, just to see the landscape of what our country is like right now, certainly the world, and to want things to be better," she continued.

The former Suits actress went on to say that her eyes were really opened when she left her ‘bubble’ in LA and began to travel.

Meghan said her eyes were opened after she left her 'bubble' in LA. Photo: Getty Images

"I think that in doing that it really opened my eyes to a mentality that still exists that I thought was backdated to the days of when my grandfather moved our family from Cleveland to L.A., and they drove across the country and to stop and get food, whatever kind of place they were going to, and they had to go round the back to get food for the family," she said. "You know, I thought that was really isolated to those days that we were past, and sadly they're not."

"I am really proud of my heritage on both sides. I'm really proud of where I've come from and where I'm going," Meghan concluded. "But yeah, I hope that by the time I have children that people are even more open-minded to how things are changing and that having a mixed world is what it's all about. I mean, certainly, it makes it a lot more beautiful and a lot more interesting."

Meghan married Prince Harry on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Photo: Getty Images

Back in November 2018, just months before Meghan walked down the aisle with Prince Harry, her husband-to-be released a statement, saying a line had been crossed. 

“Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public - the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments,” the statement read. 

“Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.”

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