For many people of color, hearing Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, speak about racism within the royal family was, though “shocking, not exactly surprising. And one of those people was former first lady Michelle Obama.#
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is an American attorney and author who served as the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She was the first African-American woman to serve in this position.
Michelle Obama said she is praying for “forgiveness and healing” for Britain’s royal family following explosive revelations by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, during an interview last week with Oprah Winfrey. They alleged racism within the monarchy, a claim that stunned the whole world and shattered the image of the Buckingham Palace had seemingly embraced when the two married in 2018.
She added that, Meghan is biracial, and the history of mixed-race British royals is rare — so much so that many Black British people expressed joy, when the two announced their engagement, that the modern royal family would finally look more inclusive and reflective of a multicultural United Kingdom.
When NBC host Jenna Bush Hager asked Obama how she felt about Meghan’s claims that she had experienced racism within the monarchy — including an alleged incident when an unnamed family member had expressed concerns about her child’s skin tone because of his mixed-race heritage, Obama said her statements were not a “complete surprise.”
In a statement following the Oprah interview, Queen Elizabeth II called the accusations of racism “concerning” and said they would be “addressed by the family privately.” Separately, Prince William has stated that the royals are “not a racist family.”