Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle’s mother, is reportedly going to talk about the racist abuse her daughter has endured since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
According to some sources, the 61-year-old was seen leaving Oprah’s multi-million pound California mansion with a basket of presents last week after a six-hour meeting with the television superstar.
While the exact details of what went down during the meeting are still unknown, it is widely believed that the two spoke about the ideas they will be discussing if Oprah’s show will be given the green light.
According to The Mirror, a source said: ‘Oprah and Doria spent a long time chatting and they got on really well. ‘The most important and significant issue they spoke about was race and how badly some people had reacted to Meghan and Harry.’
They added: ‘What happened to Meghan and Harry was disgusting and they and all of their families were horrified. It’s an issue close to both Doria and Oprah, who have both suffered racism. ‘If the interview happens it will be groundbreaking, it just needs the green light from Meghan, Prince Harry, and the Palace.’
But the interview needs to get the full support from Buckingham Palace before it goes ahead.
Meghan, who has one parent who is Caucasian and an African-American mother, said in an interview with BBC that it had really been ‘disheartening’ to receive such negative backlash about her ethnicity in the early period of her relationship with Harry.
The Prince had in the past attacked the ‘wave of abuse’ that has befallen on Meghan since their relationship became public in 2016.
A statement at the time read: ‘His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. ‘Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.’
Earlier this year the couple have received a package containing white powder and a malicious message which the police said was a racist hate crime.
Even public figures have been punished for their insensitive behavior. Jo Marney, the girlfriend of the then-UKIP leader Henry Bolton, was suspended from the party in January after text messages she sent were revealed to be containing racial slurs aimed at Meghan Markle, and that she was ‘tainting’ the royal family.