Meghan Markle's racism claim 'preposterous', says Lady Colin Campbell: 'British royals have African blood'

The author of the book 'Meghan and Harry: The Real Story' said that the recent Oprah interview of the Sussexes was 'the cynical ploy on behalf of a greedy woman'


                            Meghan Markle's racism claim 'preposterous', says Lady Colin Campbell: 'British royals have African blood'
Meghan Markle, Lady Colin Campbell (Getty Images)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey has opened up a new can of worms. It's been a week since the interview first aired but the dialogue around it has been never-ending ever since. Royal experts have been divulging new bits and pieces of information from their observation of the Windsors almost every day. One of them is Jamaican-born Lady Colin Campbell, and she's siding with the crown in the whole debate, calling Meghan's claims about members of the royal family being racist as "preposterous."

Meghan is not the first biracial member of the British royal family as their lineage is traced to at least two queens of African origin. In her interview, Lady Campbell also explained that the peerage has had many royal family members with Black or African genes. “All of the British royals have African blood,” Campbell, who has written a number of books on the family including 'People of Color and the Royals', said.  

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In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Getty Images)

During the chat, she particularly spoke about one Black royal, Queen Charlotte, who is the central character of Netflix's 'Bridgerton'. She was born in Germany in 1744 as Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and was a direct descendent of Margarita de Castro Souza, a Portuguese noblewoman whose lineage was traced to Madragana Ben Aloandro, the North African mistress of Portugal's King Afonso III back in the 13th century. 

“When you take this history into consideration, accusing the royal family of racism is preposterous,” she said, indirectly pointing to Markle's comments during the sit-down with Oprah, where she claimed that certain members of the royal family were 'racist' as they inquired about her then unborn son's skin color. Just like other historians, Campbell also pointed out Philippa of Hainault, who was of North African Moorish ancestry. She was born in France in 1314 and was the wife and adviser of King Edward III.

Lady Colin Campbell arrives for the 'Oldie Of The Year Awards' at Simpsons in the Strand on February 2, 2016 in London, England.

She even said that there was "constant intermarriage" amongst the Brits and the European royals who have "proportionally a large percentage of African blood," she added. Campbell, a prominent figure in Britain post her appearances on reality shows has never been a fan of Markle or Harry. The author of the book 'Meghan and Harry: The Real Story' said that the recent Oprah interview of the Sussexes was "the cynical ploy on behalf of a greedy woman."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the Mountbatten Music Festival at Royal Albert Hall on March 7, 2020, in London, England (Getty Images)

"I think Meghan Markle is … a very destructive and divisive operator who is reckless about the damage she does as long as she achieves her objectives, which are fame and fortune,” Campbell said.

She is not the only one to have lashed out at Markle in recent times. Lady Alice Manners sided with the crown by using a meme to debunk Markle's claims that she was ill-researched about the Royal family. Candace Owens who has been married to an Englishman too raised questions against Markle's claims while stating that she's never experienced racism during her many trips to the UK. 

Meghan Markle, Candace Owens (Getty Images)
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