On the Tonight Programme today the ITV show looked into Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby. Meghan Markle made history when she became the first person of mixed heritage to ever marry into the Royal Family. Therefore this child will be the first ever baby of mixed heritage to be born into the family and to have a place in the line of succession. An expert on ITV’s Tonight Programme explained this is “important”.
They hailed the royal baby as “fitting and timely” adding that Britons feel the royals are “now reflecting us”.
Expert Robert Lacy said: “This baby’s ancestry is quite extraordinary. On Meghan’s side you have the African and American descent going right back to the days of slavery.
“On Harry’s side, you’ve got the Royal Family, you’ve got Henry VIII and this six wives. You go right the way back to William the Conquerer.
“So, there are two very different strands of history coming together in this new child.”
A fellow expert added: “If you look at demographic trends happening in the United Kingdom at the moment you notice one of the fastest growing groups is actually children of mixed heritage.
“It is sort of fitting and timely that the Royal Family catches up with that. That is a good thing, you are now reflecting us, and that’s important.”
This is not the only positive sentiment. One Twitter user wrote: “I f****** love that Meghan Markle is giving birth to the first royal baby of a mixed race.”
Another said: “We need the mixed-race royal baby now please.”
The former actress’s mother is African-American and lives in LA teaching yoga.
Her father, Thomas Markle, is Caucasian. He is a former cinematographer and now lives in Mexico.
Meghan has previously spoken out about her heritage in a poignant piece written for Elle Magazine in 2015.
She wrote: “To describe something as being black and white means it is clearly defined. Yet when your ethnicity is black and white, the dichotomy is not that clear.
“In fact, it creates a grey area. Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating.”
She also revealed the disgusting racial abuse her mother has faced and how it affected both of them.
She said: “I was home in LA on a college break when my mom was called the ‘N’ word. We were leaving a concert and she wasn’t pulling out of a parking space quickly enough for another driver.
“My skin rushed with heat as I looked to my mom. Her eyes welling with hateful tears, I could only breathe out a whisper of words, so hushed they were barely audible: ‘It’s OK, Mommy.’”
In recent months Buckingham Palace has been forced to delete hateful comments from their accounts, some of which made comments about Meghan Markle’s race.
They said comments promoting “discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age” would be deleted.
Padraic Ryan, News Intelligence director at Storyful, told Sky News: “There are multiple pages and profiles across mainstream platforms like Facebook, like YouTube, like Twitter, Instagram, all seemingly set up with the single purpose – or the major purpose – of abusing Meghan Markle.”
Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile
Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.
Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.
Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.
She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.
She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.
Charity and humanitarian work
Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.
She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.
And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.
In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.
But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.
She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.
And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.
Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.
They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.
Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.
She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.