Meghan Markle Speaks Out on Racism and Her Mom Being Called the N-Word in Resurfaced Video

Concerns of racism were addressed by Prince Harry in November 2016, when the royal issued a rare public statement criticizing the press for subjecting his then-girlfriend Meghan 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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Meghan herself also spoke out about the abuse, calling it "disheartening" during the couple’s engagement interview.

"You know it’s a shame that is the climate in this world to focus that much on that . . . but I think, you know, at the end of the day I’m really just proud of who I am and where I come from, and we have never put any focus on that," she said. "We have just focused on who we are as a couple."

During Meghan and Harry's tour to South Africa last fall, the Duchess of Sussex proudly spoke about her Black heritage.

“On one personal note, may I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know that for me, I am here as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color, and as your sister,” she said to cheers from the crowd. “I am here with you, and I am here for you."

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