When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduced the world to their new baby boy on Wednesday, they made history, as their first child is the first biracial heir in the history of the royal family, which spans back centuries.
The long-awaited debut of the baby marked another pivotal milestone for Meghan as a “Black princess.” Black Americans were happy about the passionate message and the gospel of Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, in a beautiful ceremony that “celebrated her heritage.” This happy occasion was a complete opposite to the racist and sexist gossips and rumors that Meghan went through ever since she started a relationship with Harry back in the year 2016. The initial negative coverage of his now-wife prompted Prince Harry to release a Kensington Palace statement, about the “wave of abuse and harassment.”
The little boy Prince arrived to the world on May 6. For years, little girls were growing watching Disney movies and developing a desire to wear a crown like their princesses. However, only in 2009 movie “The Princess and the Frog” was a Disney princess black, so it took a long time to those girls, and boys, to identify themselves with the famous cartoons.
So what can we expect of the newest baby in the royal family? How will the press treat first Black mother of the royals? Not even Meghan might be able to escape the nasty stereotype of a bad black mother, as a black mother in the royal palace and a part of the royal family is still a black mother.
If someone is up to the challenge, it is Meghan. She gracefully endures tabloid attacks all the time, and this is a testament to her fortitude and strength, which can also be said of Serena Williams, one of Meghan’s cosset friends. She has been the target of racist slurs all throughout her decades in pro tennis, and she opened up in 2016 about it, because as she put it, “I am Black and I am confident.”
About Meghan’s baby, she said this, “We’re excited to welcome her baby. We don’t really talk about it publicly but she’s really just a great person.”
Bias, stereotypes and subconscious and beliefs about different people puts black mothers in an unfair position, which transfers to bad treatment in many areas, for example healthcare, work, housing, social life, etc. Sadly, this is not the case only in the United States of America. Actually, anti-black feeling is very global.
A lot of black parents all over the world can relate to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They must be ready to explain to the young boy when he asks why he looks different from the white kids, and why his hair is curly or kinky, as well as what it means to be a black person in a world dominated by white people everywhere. Black children everywhere are more than familiar with this struggle. It is difficult, confusing, and the start of a lifelong journey to real acceptance, understanding and loving who they are as people.
We are sure that Meghan will be okay, and that she will thrive in life as a royal mother. It will not be easy, but she and Harry will most certainly teach their son to embrace his heritage and “to say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman,” as Meghan wrote for Elle back in 2015. Baby Sussex already made history at just one day of age, and we are sure many more are to follow quite soon.