Meghan Markle: Commentators clash on BBC Breakfast
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Activist Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu and royal biographer Anna Pasternak clashed on whether the Royal Family was racist or not after claims from Meghan Markle regarding son Archie’s skin tone. Dr Shola furiously exclaimed that the Royal Family is rooted in colonialism and racism with Ms Pasternak defending the institution saying she often was “silenced” because of her white privilege. The two women continued to clash as the BBC Breakfast hosts tried to rein in their passionate rants.
Appearing on BBC Breakfast, Dr Shola said: “The Royal Family as an institution is rooted in colonialism, it’s rooted in racism and white supremacy.
“That is what colonialism and slavery was, let’s be fair, when Harry and Meghan talk about this, what they said is not a surprise.
“What we should be doing is asking is so what’s going to happen now?
“So rather than castigate them and cast aspersions on them, which makes no sense, I mean to Anna’s point about why is it that Meghan didn’t have any other members of the family (come to her wedding).
“What’s that got to do with anything?”
Ms Pasternak hit back: “Not necessarily just about colour, this is about character.
“Anyone like me who is white, privileged and well-educated is not able to say anything without being viewed as racist.
“This is not, I don’t think, a lot about racism I think a lot of this is about character.”
The royal biographer then said she was a “minority” where she is “silenced” for speaking her truth.
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Dr Shola then bit back and yelled: “(You are not) being silenced by anybody because, after all, the majority of voices for the longest time have been the white majority voice.
“The fact that more ethnic minorities are speaking out does not mean you’re being silent.
“Should we be silent? Should we be experiencing all of it in all of these connotations because you feel fragile? That makes no sense to me.”
Ms Pasternak then quipped Dr Shola was “certainly not being silenced”.
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Meghan made the claim during her sit-down with Oprah Winfrey that there were “concerns” within the Royal Family about the colour of Archie’s skin before he was born.
She refused to reveal who made the comments and said it would be “very damaging for them”.
It was also revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan married three days before the official ceremony.
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