What should black Commonwealth people take away from the Harry and Meghan interview?

Meghan Markle (left) during the two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday.

One of the questions in the minds of many living in Commonwealth countries after watching the shocking Oprah interview with Meghan and Prince Harry is; ‘If a black baby can’t hold the title of ‘prince’, should the Queen be the head of state of predominantly black countries?’

“In those months when I was pregnant … we have in tandem the conversation of ‘you won’t be given security,’ ‘not going to be given a title’, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born”, Meghan disclosed during the much-anticipated sit-down.

She revealed that these conversations were had with Harry and relayed to her. The couple did not stand for this, and added that there was ‘no explanation’ given.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared that there were concerns about the complexion of their son, Archie, prior to his birth.

Based on history and what the world knows about the royal family, the treatment of the couple’s then unborn child is unfair and raises questions of racism.

Meghan broke several norms the world sees in the Royal Family, rounded out by being the first black woman to marry into it, so there’s no question whether this is ‘new’ to the institution.

The question though, is how you treat Meghan is in a fair and unbiased way. “They didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol, and [said] that he wasn’t going to receive security,” she said, highlighted the provisions not being made for her unborn child of black ancestry.

In the unpaid CBS exclusive interview, Prince Harry and Meghan divulged details of their lives as a royal couple and how ensnaring it felt.

The two-hour long interview saw Meghan sit alone with Oprah for half its duration as she gave details of her new life in a palace, and walking away from life as an actress.

The Sunday night interview caused uproar among social media users, as the tabloids and biased media which reported alleged lies ahead of its airing –remained mostly mum. While many may be able to look past Meghan admitting ignorance on how to curtsy to Queen Elizabeth II, the thorn for many was the clear signs of racism within the institution, even in present day.

‘Megxit’ brings back the question many have asked for years to the fore, ‘should Caribbean Commonwealth countries make their exit from the Commonwealth?’ Are questions of racism and a disregard for ‘help’ for Meghan while she was suicidal enough to raises concerns about our own place within it?

The revelations were a hard pill to swallow for citizens of the 13 Caribbean territories in the Commonwealth, with largely African descent, and will require long and hard thought on the way forward.

–Jody-Ann Thompson