SMH: British Tabloids’ Coverage Of Meghan Markle Is Still Racist AF

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle attend the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

SMH: British Tabloids’ Coverage Of Meghan Markle Is Still Racist AF

Her engagement to Prince Harry set off a chorus of dog whistles.

Published December 1, 2017

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's engagement continues to be water-cooler talk for many — including plenty of Black folks who are thrilled at the prospect of a sistah marrying into the royal family — but not all opinions on the big news are positive. In fact, some British tabloids and new outlets have shown their true colors in their racist commentary on the couple's love story.

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The UK's Daily Mail, in addition to several other outlets in Britain, have been using racist undertones in their coverage of the engagement.

As we previously reported, this didn't just start with the engagement: back in November 2016, the Mail ran a story trivializing Markle's "humble" upbringing with the headline, "Harry's girl is (almost) straight outta Compton: Gang scarred home of her mother revealed — so will he be dropped by for tea?" 

Now that the two are betrothed, one would expect for the publication to ease up on the subtly worded insults — nope! They kept 'em coming. In fact, they just got more fluffy — and offensive — with time.

Their most recent headline read, "Now that's upwardly mobile! How in 150 years, Meghan Markle's family went from cotton slaves to royalty via freedom in the U.S. Civil War... while her dad's ancestors included a maid at Windsor Castle."

Yep, you read that right. The UK's Daily Mail went from calling Meghan "straight outta Compton" to bringing up slavery in a headline about her engagement to Harry.

Take a look, below:

  1. That's not all. BBC Africa has decided to give the UK's Daily Mail a run for its money in the category of "most racially insensitive headline ever," with their November 29 posting about Harry's decision to propose to the former Suits actress, fetishising her American biracial background as well as Harry's penchant for vacations in Africa, as if the two are obviously related:

    "Long before Prince Harry fell in love with Meghan Markle, he fell in love with Africa — and he's not the only royal."

  2. As Splinter News points out, this problematic commentary is arguably just the beginning of what is predicted to be a whirlwind of racist opinions to come on this groundbreaking interracial relationship.

    Prince Harry has already made a point, back in November 2016, to state that the racist rhetoric used to target his fiancé is not appreciated and hopes that those who are behind it would "pause and reflect before any further damage is done." Clearly, the British tabloids haven't been heeding his advice.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage)


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