Don Lemon SHOCKED at Meghan Markle's comment that she was treated like a Black woman AFTER dating Prince Harry
The CNN host also commended Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, of 'going there' as she discussed 'colorism' in the podcast episode
CNN anchor Don Lemon reacted to Meghan Markle’s startling revelations during her podcast, wherein she revealed some shocking realizations of hers, post her marriage with the Duke of Sussex. In the second episode of Meghan's 'Archetypes' Spotify podcast, the Duchess of Sussex revealed what it’s like "to be a black woman" while "coming from a place of privilege". The episode featured the 'Queen of Christmas' Mariah Carey.
Lemon was "shocked" by the stunning admissions made by Meghan as a "mixed woman," but also praised the Duchess for raising her voice on the issue of "colorism". "I commend Meghan Markle for going there, even though it is a bit shocking that at 30-some years of age, she is just understanding what it’s like to be a black woman in America," said Lemon to his panel of co-anchors.
In the episode, Markle revealed that she was a "fangirl" of Carey ever since she burst onto the music scene, and found plenty of similarities between the two. "Oh my gosh. Someone who looks like me. She's mixed like me," were Markle’s thoughts on the 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' singer.
The Duchess of Sussex went on to elucidate on the complexities of being a "mixed woman", adding, "Because we're light skinned, you are not treated as a black woman. You're not treated as a white woman. You sort of fit in between." She went on to say that "if there [was] any time where there was more focus on my race it was when I started dating my husband. Then I started to understand what it was like to be treated like a black woman because up until then I was treated as a mixed woman and things really shifted."
When asked by his co-anchor Brianna Keilar to opine on Meghan’s comments, Lemon, who has himself spoken on the issue of colorism in the past, replied, "In some ways, she’s saying that she had privilege and so therefore it didn’t apply to her because it never happened to her. Right?" He went on to add that "I think most African-Americans probably looked at her and said, 'Oh, I know that’s a black woman,' but I think the larger culture may not have realized that."
"And suddenly she understood or understands what it’s like to be part of a group of people, especially women in this country or in Europe, who are discriminated against. So I think it was it was eye-opening for her. It’s certainly real. So [...] I think it’s an eye-opening podcast and I commend Meghan Markle for going there, even though it is a bit shocking that at 30-some years of age, she is just understanding what it’s like to be a black woman in America. It’s a bit surprising to me," concluded Lemon. Markle’s episode with Carey was a part of hers and Prince Harry’s $21 million deal with the streaming giant Spotify.