Meghan Markle is set to wed Britain’s Prince Harry in May.
Throughout her relationship with the prince, there’s been wild speculation about the two, as is usual with the royal family members and their ardent fans.
But the soon-to-be royal’s mixed-race heritage has also been a point of interest among royal watchers.
The couple has spent a lot of time with Markle’s mother, Doria Radlan, a yoga instructor, in Toronto.
And her mom has visited the UK:
Her father is white and hasn’t met Harry yet, according to Markle.
Markle told Sky News on Sunday that she tries to get past “that noise” on race issues:
“Of course it’s disheartening. You know, it’s a shame that that is the climate in this world to focus that much on that or that that would be discriminatory in that sense. But I think at the end of the day, I’m just really proud of who I am and where I come from, and we have never put any focus on that. We’ve just focused on who we are as a couple."
But it’s likely that Markle wouldn’t be the first bi-racial member of the royal family.
The Washington Post reports that there’s plenty of evidence that there have been mixed-race royals before:
Some historians suspect that Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III who bore the king 15 children, was of African descent.
Historian Mario De Valdes y Cocom argues that Queen Charlotte was directly descended from a black branch of the Portuguese royal family: Alfonso III and his concubine, Ouruana, a black Moor.
In the 13th century, “Alfonso III of Portugal conquered a little town named Faro from the Moors,” said Valdes, a researcher for Frontline PBS. “He demanded [the governor’s] daughter as a paramour. He had three children with her.”
According to Valdes, one of their sons, Martin Alfonso, married into the noble de Sousa family, who also had black ancestry. Queen Charlotte had African blood from both families.
Queen Charlotte was born in 1744 as Duchess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and was the queen consort of King George III. She died in 1818. Charlotte is the great-great-great-great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II.
That still hasn’t dimmed the enthusiasm Twitter has for her racial background:
— Blavity (@Blavity) November 27, 2017
Black American Princess.
— Rii (@LifeRiiImagined) November 27, 2017
“Breaking Brown” isn’t excited about the match because she won’t “be allowed" to be a “black princess”:
“Meghan Markle 'Won't Be Allowed to Be Black Princess' by Royal Family, Experts Say” “She won’t be allowed to be a black princess. The only way she can be accepted is to pass for white,” Kehinde Andrews, an professor of sociology at Birmingham City University told Newsweek. 😂😂
— BreakingBrown (@BreakingBrown) November 28, 2017
Everyone acting like Meghan Markle is the first Black American princess is obviously forgetting Princess Linda of Zamunda pic.twitter.com/oIGcBHhR8B
— Paul (@PeckhamArtisan) November 27, 2017
Nailah is a bit grumpy about it:
PSA: Meghan Markle will not be a Black princess because she doesn't identify as a Black woman. So let's all let her United Colors of Benneton ass be the first “just human” or whatever princess.
— Nailah (@blakademia) November 27, 2017
Lea would like people to stop being boo birds about the whole thing:
Look, we get it. Meghan Markle is not just black, she’s biracial, and will not be a princess, but a duchess. Either way, her being biracial is outstanding in itself to be in the Royal Family with Prince Harry. Let the black girls have a moment. 👸🏽👸🏾👸🏿 pic.twitter.com/0RAaEijJYl
— Lea (@_MissLeandra) November 27, 2017
Prince Harry and Markle will get married at Windsor Castle's St. George’s Chapel, and everyone will “have a moment” of celebration.