The world got a kick out of learning the Prince was dating a Black actress, but it seems not everybody approves of their reported union. Instead of celebrating, the British press is making attempts to smear Markle’s good name by playing up the usual stereotypes that unfortunately come along with being Black.
Just yesterday, the Daily Mail published an “exclusive” article that all but said Markle is a ghetto Black girl getting a free ride out of Compton. The article is quite literally titled, “EXCLUSIVE: Harry’s girl is (almost) straight outta Compton: Gang-scarred home of her mother revealed – so will he be dropping by for tea?”
The site attempts to fasten Markle to a “crime and street gang”-riddled area of L.A. by pointing out her mom still lives in their old neighborhood, adding “Crenshaw has endured 47 crimes in the past week.” What that has to do with Toronto-based Markle – unless she somehow committed any or all of those crimes – we have no idea.
Daily Mail continues:
But social worker Ragland might now find herself welcoming a royal guest to downtrodden Crenshaw after Prince Harry was revealed to be dating her daughter – Suits actress Meghan Markle. Markle, 35, is now based in Toronto, Canada, but her mother remains in LA and moved to her modest green-painted home five years ago after the death of her own father, Alvin, in 2011.
Markle was brought up in a large yellow-colored detached home in central Los Angeles, while her rumored royal boyfriend spent much of his childhood between Kensington Palace and Prince Charles’ Gloucestershire mansion, Highgrove. But Harry’s literally palatial homes couldn’t be more different from the tatty one-storey homes that dominate much of Crenshaw.
And while there have been a total of 21 crimes in the immediate area around Highgrove over the past 12 months, 47 have taken place in Crenshaw in the last week alone – including murder and robbery.
The Guardian has also called attention to the British press’ natural skill for making Markle seem less than the appropriate date for a royal, writing in this article:
The British press have a different approach. They have made it clear that her relationship with Harry is scandalous, for a number of reasons: she is divorced; she is older (Markle is 35, Harry 32); she’s played raunchy scenes in the US TV series Suits – and her mother is visibly black, with dreadlocks.
Honestly, we expected as much – we just thought they’d be a lot less tacky about it.