Britain's Obama moment? What Harry and Meghan's baby says about race

LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) - Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle, an American actress of African-American heritage, was a historic moment for Britain's royal family. Some say the imminent birth of their baby is, if anything, even more significant.

Due in the coming weeks, the baby will be seventh-in-line to the throne and, it is believed, the first person of mixed race in such a senior position in the history of British royalty.

"I think this baby is going to be hugely important historically because it's going to break new ground," royal biographer Claudia Joseph told Reuters.

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RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 25: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with King Mohammed VI of Morocco, during an audience at his residence on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Tim Rooke/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 25: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits King Mohammed VI of Morocco, during an audience at his residence on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 25: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a cooking demonstration, where children from under-privileged backgrounds learn traditional Moroccan recipes from one of Morocco’s foremost chefs, at the Villa des Ambassadors on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 25: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a cooking demonstration, where children from under-privileged backgrounds learn traditional Moroccan recipes from one of Morocco’s foremost chefs, at the Villa des Ambassadors on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Stephen Lock/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Andalusian Gardens to hear about youth empowerment in Morocco from a number of young social entrepreneurs on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duke & Duchess of Sussex, visit the Kasbah of the Udayas near the Moroccan capital Rabat. on February 25, 2019. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their visit to the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat on the third day of their tour of Morocco. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of her tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of her tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Royal couple met influential Moroccan women, young entrepreneurs and disabled athletes amongst others. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local secondary school meeting students and teachers on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend an Investiture for Michael McHugo the founder of 'Education for All' with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend an Investiture for Michael McHugo the founder of 'Education for All' with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend an Investiture for Michael McHugo the founder of 'Education for All' with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Casablanca airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Casablanca airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 20: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen in the Upper East Side on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen walking out of the mark hotel on February 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen walking out of the mark hotel on February 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a gala performance of ‘The Wider Earth’ in support of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust & the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy at the Natural History Museum on February 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend a gala performance of ‘The Wider Earth’ in support of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust & the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy at the Natural History Museum on February 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Endeavour Fund Awards at Drapers Hall on February 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the Endeavour Fund Awards at Drapers' Hall on February 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, reacts as they visit Bristol Old Vic theatre in Bristol, south-west England on February 1, 2019. - Built in 1766 as a place where the people of Bristol could come together, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. (Photo by MARC GIDDINGS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARC GIDDINGS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, reacts as they visit Bristol Old Vic theatre in Bristol, south-west England on February 1, 2019. - Built in 1766 as a place where the people of Bristol could come together, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. (Photo by MARC GIDDINGS / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARC GIDDINGS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex departs after visiting the Association of Commonwealth Universities at City, University Of London on January 31, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Meghan, Duchess of Cambridge departs after attending an engagement with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) at City, University Of London on January 31, 2019 in London, England. The Duchess met students from the Commonwealth now studying in the UK, for whom access to university has transformed their lives. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex shakes hands with Rosi Prescott after visiting the National theatre in central London on January 30, 2019 after it was announced that she would be Patron of the theatre. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits The National Theatre on January 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walks to her car after visiting the National theatre in central London on January 30, 2019 after it was announced that she would be Patron of the theatre. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend the premiere of Cirque du Soleil's Totem in support of Sentebale at the Royal Albert Hall in London on January 16, 2019. (Photo by Paul Grover / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL GROVER/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Cirque du Soleil Premiere Of 'TOTEM' at Royal Albert Hall on January 16, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Cirque du Soleil Premiere Of 'TOTEM' at Royal Albert Hall on January 16, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Grover - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex visits the Mayhew Animal Welfare Charity on January 16, 2019 in London, England. This will be Her Royal Highness's first official visit to Mayhew in her new role as Patron. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex departs after visiting Mayhew Animal Welfare Charity on January 16, 2019 in London, England. This will be Her Royal Highness's first official visit to Mayhew in her new role as Patron. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex meets 'Foxy' during her visit to the Mayhew, an animal welfare charity on January 16, 2019 in London, England. This will be Her Royal Highnesses first official visit to Mayhew in her new role as Patron. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets members of the public during a visit of Birkenhead at Hamilton Square on January 14, 2019 in Birkenhead, UK. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit 'Tomorrow's Women Wirral' Charity on January 14, 2019 in Birkenhead, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets members of the public during a visit of Birkenhead at Hamilton Square on January 14, 2019 in Birkenhead, UK. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Smart Works on January 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. Smart Works is one of the four organisations which she has become Royal Patron of, it was announced by Kensington Palace today. The three other organisations are The National Theatre, The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Mayhew. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Smart Works on January 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. Smart Works is one of the four organisations which she has become Royal Patron of, it was announced by Kensington Palace today. The three other organisations are The National Theatre, The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Mayhew. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, chats with Patsy Wardally as they pick out clothes, during her visit to Smart Works, a charity to which she has become patron, at St Charles hospital in west London on January 10, 2019. (Photo by CLODAGH KILCOYNE / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CLODAGH KILCOYNE/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex (L), picks out a necklace with Chair of Smart Works Lady Juliet Hughes-Hallett (R) during her visit to Smart Works, a charity to which she has become patron, at St Charles hospital in west London on January 10, 2019. (Photo by CLODAGH KILCOYNE / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CLODAGH KILCOYNE/AFP/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by UK Press Pool/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (L), Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex depart after the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2018. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex arrives for a visit to the Royal Variety CharityÕs residential nursing and care home, Brinsworth House, in Twickenham, west London. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) visits the Royal Variety Charity's residential nursing and care home, Brinsworth House in Twickenham, south west London on December 18, 2018. - The honeymoon period for former actress and newly-minted British royal Meghan Markle, it seems, is over. Six months on from her fairytale wedding to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle, Meghan is faced with a daily barrage of tabloid headlines criticising her courtly manner and warning her against becoming 'Duchess Difficult'. (Photo by Geoff PUGH / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEOFF PUGH/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex unveils a plaque to commemorate her visit to the Royal Variety Charity's residential nursing and care home, Brinsworth House in Twickenham, south west London on December 18, 2018. - The honeymoon period for former actress and newly-minted British royal Meghan Markle, it seems, is over. Six months on from her fairytale wedding to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle, Meghan is faced with a daily barrage of tabloid headlines criticising her courtly manner and warning her against becoming 'Duchess Difficult'. (Photo by Geoff PUGH / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEOFF PUGH/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Rosamund Pike on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018 In Partnership With Swarovski at Royal Albert Hall on December 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Rosamund Pike on stage to present the British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award during The Fashion Awards 2018 In Partnership With Swarovski at Royal Albert Hall on December 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 21: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Hubb Community Kitchen to see how funds raised by the 'Together: Our Community Cookbook' are making a difference at Al Manaar, North Kensington on November 21, 2018 in London, England. Together: Our Community Cookbook features over 50 recipes from women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Hubb Community Kitchen in London on November 21, 2018 to celebrate the success of their cookbook. - The kitchen was set up by women affected by the Grenfell tower fire and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wrote a foreword to the cookbook to help raise funds for the victims. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 19 : (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends The Royal Variety Performance 2018 at the London Palladium on November 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 19 : (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend The Royal Variety Performance 2018 at the London Palladium on November 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 11: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a service to mark the centenary of the Armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018 in London, England. The Armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiègne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. This day is commemorated as Remembrance Day with special attention being paid for this year's centenary. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 31: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Auckland War Memorial Museum for reception with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 30: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meeting fans and holding baby bump on the street during 'Walkabout' on October 30, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 30: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex seen wlaking holding baby bump whilst Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during the 'Walkabout' on October 30, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (C) and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) talk to a model wearing a garment from World of WearableArt during a visit to Courtney Creative in Wellington on October 29, 2018. - Prince Harry passed on greetings from 'our little bump' to conservation workers in New Zealand on October 29 when he and pregnant wife Meghan toured a South Island nature reserve. (Photo by HAGEN HOPKINS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read HAGEN HOPKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 28: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Official arrival at the Government House on October 28, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NUKU'ALOFA, TONGA - OCTOBER 26: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex Standing with King Tupou VI and Queen NanasipauÔu TukuÔaho of Tonga at the farewell with His Majesty King Tupou VI on October 26, 2018 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NUKU'ALOFA, TONGA - OCTOBER 25: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Nuku'alofa airport on October 25, 2018 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) arrive at Fua'amotu airport in Tonga on October 25, 2018. - Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan left Fiji after a three-day official visit and arrived in Tonga as part of their tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
NUKU'ALOFA, TONGA - OCTOBER 25: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Consular House in NukuÕalofa for a private audience with King Tupou VI and Queen NanasipauÕu on October 25, 2018 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for their farewell ceremony at Nadi airport on October 25, 2018. - Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan leave Fiji after a three-day official visit and head to Tonga as part of their tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SUVA, FIJI - OCTOBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits a market on October 24, 2018 in Suva, Fiji. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
SUVA, FIJI - OCTOBER 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a state dinner hosted by the president of the South Pacific nation Jioji Konrote at the Grand Pacific Hotel on October 23, 2018 in Suva, Fiji. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
SUVA, SUVA - OCTOBER 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex meet with President of Fiji Jioji Konrote on the first day of their tour to Fiji on October 23, 2018 in Suva, Fiji. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duchess of Sussex meets members of the public during a walkabout in Rotorua in Rotorua, New Zealand, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on the final day of their 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
FRASER ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 22: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk along the picturesque Kingfisher Bay Jetty on October 22, 2018 in Fraser Island, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 19: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Bondi Beach on October 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duchess of Sussex arrives at Admiralty House in Sydney on the first day of the royal couple's visit to Australia Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2018. Harry and Meghan will take part in 76 engagements in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand over their 16-day trip to the Pacific region. (Phil Noble/PA via AP)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
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"Whether it's a girl or a boy, it will be the first Afro-American baby to be born into the royal family."

With a black mother and white father, Meghan's ethnicity has never been far away from discussions about her relationship with Queen Elizabeth's grandson - scrutiny that has often been unwelcome.

In late 2016 when he first announced they were dating, Harry issued a rare rebuke to the press, condemning the racial undertones of articles. One commentator had written how Meghan would bring "rich and exotic DNA" to the Windsors.

Michelle Ebanks, head of the company that publishes "Essence," a U.S. magazine for African-American women, sees the positive.

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May 2012

"I've longed for kids since I was very, very young. I'm waiting to find the right person and someone who's willing to take on the job," he said to Katie Couric in an interview. 

October 2015 

"No matter how old I am I will always have the kid inside me," he said while in New Zealand. "I’m obsessed with children. I don’t know if they like me but you know they are great fun and you can never really say no to them.”

March 2016

"We will do everything we can to make sure that she's never forgotten and carry on all the special gifts, as such, that she had and that she portrayed while she was alive," he said to Robin Roberts during an interview for the Invictus Games. "I hope that a lot of my mother's talents are shown in a lot of the work that I do." 

He continued: 

"I hope she's looking down with tears in her eyes being incredibly proud of what we've established. I'm sure she's longing for me to have kids so she can be a grandmother again. I hope, once again, that everything we do privately and officially that it makes her proud." 

March 2016

“I can’t wait for the day [to have children]. It will be fantastic. I adore kids. I enjoy everything they bring to the party," he said to Robin Roberts. 

June 2017

"I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too,” he commented in an interview

October 2018 

 "Thank you for the incredibly warm welcome and the chance to meet so many Aussies from all walks of life...we also genuinely couldn't think of a better place to announce the...upcoming baby, whether it be a boy or a girl," he said after the couple's pregnancy news broke on their royal tour of the Pacific. 

October 2018 

"From myself and my wife and our little bump, we are so grateful to be here. We bring blessings from my grandmother the queen and our family," he also said in a speech during their visit to New Zealand. 

January 2019 

“As someone who is about to become a father, I am acutely aware of our shared responsibility to make this world more resilient and its inhabitants more accountable for the next generation,” Harry said in a speech at Lancaster House in London. 

February 2019

"What? You're pregnant?" Prince Harry joked to Meghan while in Morocco. "Is it mine?" he continued.  

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"Every time we can break a barrier and be, as black people, somewhere were we’re not expected to be that is to be celebrated.

"Because we should not be in a box. Not in a box, not outside a box - there is no box! So, to be royalty should be normal," Ebanks told Reuters.

But Kehinde Andrews, a sociology professor at England's Birmingham City University who writes on race issues, is less sure that the royal baby indicates any improvement in racial equality.

"Unfortunately, because racism is so bad and so historic and so entrenched, we tend to look at things, any things," he said.

"So any symbol that could possibly be good we tend to over-celebrate: Barack Obama becoming president, the film 'Black Panther' got people excited, anytime we have someone which ... looks like a similar progress - unfortunately we get carried away.

"But I think when we sit back and actively analyze what's happened and what's changed we realize that this is nothing, means nothing at all."

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For Ingrid Seward, editor of "Majesty" magazine, the new baby will be a small but important step in the royal family's evolution.

"In order for the monarchy to survive it has to evolve and this is another way of it evolving and becoming more in tune with the multiracial society in which we now live."

Royal biographer Robert Jobson said Meghan's ethnicity resonated with many young Britons.

"I was at the wedding reporting for American television and there were little black girls dressed up as princesses in their princesses dress with little tiaras," he said.

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The best photos of the British Royal Family
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When Prince George met President Obama, in his bathrobe, no less.

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Prince William holding Duchess Kate's hand as they leave the St. Andrews Anniversary Dinner in New York City while she was pregnant with Charlotte.

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Prince Harry shares a joke with British competitors at the velodrome during the 2014 Invictus Games.

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Prince William gives Prince George a kiss on the head while on tour in Australia.

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Prince William shares a joke with his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh during an offical visit to RAF Valley in 2011.

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The Duchess of Cambridge reacts (hilariously) as young Dayna Miller shows her a doll made to look like the Duchess.

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Prince William explains the planes and helicopters to his very wind-blown son during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo.

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This adorably candid moment between William and Kate at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Prince Harry melting hearts as he poses with a Dutch girl named Daimy Gommers at Invictus Games Orlando 2016.

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Prince William stretching before the Audi Polo Challenge because ... lol.

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Two year old Frederik Azzopardi cries as he refuses to give Queen Elizabeth ll a posy of flowers during The Queen's and visit to University College in 1999.

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The Duchess of Cambridge rolls her eyes after someone at an event in NYC tells her to "keep wrapping!" when she pauses to speak with volunteers. 

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Prince Harry pretends to be a secret service agent (or James Bond?) as Kate cracks up at the 2014 Trooping the Colour ceremony.

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The many faces of Prince George during his 2014 royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.  

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And the many faces of Kate during the London 2012 Olympics.

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Need we say more?

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President Reagan laughs following a joke by the straight-faced Queen Elizabeth II, who commented on the lousy California weather she has experienced since her arrival to the States. 

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When Kate and William realized they were up on the Jumbotron at Barclays Center in NYC.  

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Dikembe Mutombo telling Kate and Wills this is the BEST POPCORN EVER. And The royals can't *wait* to try it.

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All of the adorable emotions from the most recent balcony appearance.

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Prince Harry makes a funny face at Ascot Racecourse in 2011.

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When William and Kate met Beyonce and Jay-Z.

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When the Duke of Cambridge adorably offered his wife a flower at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

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Prince Harry sticks out his tongue as he jokes with a child during a visit to the Lesotho Child Counselling Unit in 2008.

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"Now even though they would have been excited to be at a royal wedding or even talk about a princess, I don't think that those little girls would have ever dreamed that they could be part of this story."

However, those like Jobson whose job it is to cover the royals on a daily basis have found themselves accused of racism on social media by supporters of Meghan, often for reporting critical comments made about her by members of her own family.

Valentine Low, who covers the royal family for the Times of London, wrote in February that some U.S. networks gave the impression that Britain's media was racist and sexist.

"The problem is that in some quarters, particularly in the U.S., any negative coverage is seen as racist," he wrote.

"Anything less than unqualified adulation comes under a barrage of abuse on social media."

But some British journalists say Meghan has been treated differently from other members of the House of Windsor, citing a difference in attitude towards Kate, the wife of Harry's elder brother Prince William.

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SUITS -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Frank Ockenfels/USA/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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USA NETWORKS EVENTS -- 'NBCUniversal Press Tour August 2011 USA Network Breakfast and BTS E - Rotation at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel' -- Pictured: (l-r) Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle (Photo by Evans Vestal Ward/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actress Meghan Markle attends Madewell, Alexa Chung & InStyle celebrate the launch of The Alexa Chung For Madewell Fall 2011 Collection at Chateau Marmont on September 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Meghan Markle arrives at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards dinner held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on October 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: Actress Meghan Markle attends the HBO Luxury Lounge Featuring L?Oreal Paris And New Era Cap - Day 1 at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on January 14, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: Actress Meghan Markle attends the HBO Luxury Lounge Featuring L?Oreal Paris And New Era Cap - Day 1 at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on January 14, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Meghan Markle arrives at the 13th Annual Warner Bros. And InStyle Golden Globe After Party held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Actress Meghan Markle attends the USA Network's and The Moth's Storytelling Tour 'A More Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power' at the Pacific Design Center on February 15, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SUITS -- Season: 2 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Robert Ascroft/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Meghan Markle attends the USA Network's 2012 Upfront Event at Alice Tully Hall on May 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Meghan Markle of Suits attends USA Network and Mr Porter.com Present 'A Suits Story' on June 12, 2012 in New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBCUniversal/USA Network)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle attends the WGC Hosts Party With InStyle & HFPA To Celebrate TIFF at the Windsor Arms Hotel on September 11, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for WGC)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Meghan Markle attends TV Guide Magazine's 2012 Hot List Party at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles on November 12, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actress Meghan Markle arrives at the GQ Men of the Year Party at Chateau Marmont on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actress Meghan Markle arrives at NBC Universal's 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards after party held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: Actress Meghan Markle attends The Paley Center for Media's presentation of An Evening With 'Suits' at The Paley Center for Media on January 14, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 24: Actress Meghan Markle attends the ELLE's Women in Television Celebration at Soho House on January 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Entertainment Weekly Screen Actors Guild Awards pre-party at Chateau Marmont on January 26, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Meghan Markle attends the USA Network 2013 Upfront event at Pier 36 on May 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/WireImage)
Actress Meghan Markle arrives on the red carpet for the MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVAs) in Toronto, June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: Meghan Markle attends Self Rocks the Summer Event on July 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for SELF Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Actress Meghan Markle attends 'Tales Of Endearment' Celebration Hosted By Diane von Furstenberg at DVF Accessories Shop on July 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Meghan Markle poses backstage at the Herve Leger By Max Azria fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Tracy Reese show during Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Tracy Reese show during Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Meghan Markle attends the Tory Burch fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Meghan Markle attends the The 2013 Novak Djokovic Benefit Dinner at Capitale on September 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Annual Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC at the Cantor Fitzgerald Office on September 11, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle leaves the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on September 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Model Meghan Markle arrives at the Marchesa runway show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The New York Public Library on September 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Gala Tribute To Cate Blanchett during the 51st New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on October 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Actress Meghan Markle attends American Ballet Theatre 2013 Opening Night Fall Gala at David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on October 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
US actress Meghan Markle poses for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premier of the film 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' in Leicester Square, central London, on November 11, 2013. The dystopian universe of 'The Hunger Games' returns to cinema screens aiming to harness the star power of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and convey an unambiguous message of youthful rebellion. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Meghan Markle attends the UK Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Meghan Markle attends the London Global Gift Gala at ME Hotel on November 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Press Tour, January 2014 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gina Torres, Star 'Suits'; Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group; Meghan Markle, Star 'Suits'; Sarah Rafferty, Star 'Suits'; Jackie De Crinis, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, USA Network -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 19: Actress Meghan Markle attends the NBC/Universal 2014 TCA Winter Press Tour held at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 19, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 22: Actress Meghan Markle attends ELLE's Annual Women in Television Celebration on January 22, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Elle)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Actress Meghan Markle attends the 3rd Annual NFL Characters Unite at Sports Illustrated on January 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Actress Meghan Markle attends DirecTV Beach Bowl 2014 at the Gansevoort Hotel on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for DirecTV)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Model Meghan Markle attends DIRECTV's 8th Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Marc Jacobs Daisy Chain Tweet Pop Up Shop Party at Marc Jacobs Pop Up Shop on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Meghan Markle is seen on February 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Meghan Markle wearing Miu Miu at Miu Miu Women's Tales 7th Edition - 'Spark & Light' Screening - Arrivals at Diamond Horseshoe on February 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Miu Miu)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Meghan Markle attends the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Model Meghan Markle attends Peter Som during MADE Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Milk Studios on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Model Meghan Markle (L) and actress Jamie Chung attend an exclusive preview of the Marchesa Voyage for ShopStyle collection on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ShopStyle)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Meghan Markle attends RELAIS & CHATEAUX 60th Anniversary Guest Chef Dinner Launch at Consulate General of France on October 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Relais & Chateaux)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 08: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Jimmy Choo opening at Yorkdale Shopping Mall on October 8, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 17: Meghan Markle, american actress, model and spokesperson attends the 'Bridging the Gender Gap' special session at the Convention Centre on October 17, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. The summit, which is in its fifth year, connects and guides young talent from around the world with global leaders and public figures acting as One Young World counsellors. This year's theme is Peace and Conflict Resolution and will use Ireland's history as an example to guide discussion. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 22: Meghan Markle attends Hudson's Bay And The Isabella Blow Foundation Present Fashion Blows at The Hudson's Bay on October 22, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Model Meghan Markle attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Actress Meghan Markle attends Prada The Iconoclasts, New York 2015 on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images For Prada)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Actress Meghan Markle attends Wes Gordon runway show during MADE Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Milk Studios on February 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Amber Nuttall (L) and Meghan Markle attend the premiere of 'A Postcard From Istanbul' directed by John Malkovich in collaboration with St. Regis Hotels & Resorts at 5 Hertford Street on March 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Meghan Markle attends Step It Up for Gender Equality Celebrates The 20th Anniversary Of The Fourth World Conference On Women In Beijing at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Esther Horvath/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 01: Actress Meghan Markle attends World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall 2015 Collections Day 3 at David Pecaut Square on March 25, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
SUITS -- Season:5 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Nigel Parry/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL CABLE ENTERTAINMENT UPFRONT -- '2015 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront at the Javits Center in New York City on Thursday, May 14, 2015' -- Pictured: Meghan Markle, 'Suits' on USA Network -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Meghan Markle attends The UJA-Federation of New York's Entertainment Division Signature Gala at 583 Park Avenue on June 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Actress Meghan Markle attends the 2015 NBC New York Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel New York on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 06: Actress and United Nations Women's Advocate, Meghan Markle, sharing the new Dove Self-Esteem Project resources with youth workers and helping young girls reach their full potential at Earl Bales Community Centre on October 6, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle attends 'The Twelfth Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards' at Spring Studios in New York City. �� LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 24: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Equinox Yorkville Dinner held at Kasa Moto on November 24, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 20: Actress Meghan Markle attends ELLE's 6th Annual Women In Television Dinner at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 20, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actress Meghan Markle attends the premiere of USA Network's 'Suits' season 5 held at Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel on January 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: Actress Meghan Markle attends AOL Build Presents 'Suits' at AOL Studios In New York on March 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 18: Meghan Markle seen at the Today Show on March 18, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 18: Meghan Markle seen at the Today Show on March 18, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 22: Actress Meghan Markle attends the World Vision event held at Lumas Gallery on March 22, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 15: Actress Meghan Markle poses in the CAFA portrait studio at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel on April 15, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images Portrait)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Actress Meghan Markle attends Glamour and L'Oreal Paris Celebrate 2016 College Women Of The Year at NoMad Hotel Rooftop on April 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Glamour)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 28: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Roland Mouret private dinner at Corkin Gallery on April 28, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 01: Actress Meghan Markle attends Sephora Unveils Toronto Eaton Centre Remodel at Toronto Eaton Centre on May 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Meghan Markle arrives at the P.S. Arts' The Party held at NeueHouse Hollywood on May 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 31: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Instagram Dinner held at the MARS Discovery District on May 31, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 09: Actress Meghan Markle attends Luminato Big Bang Bash 2016 held at the Hearn Generating Station on June 9, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Meghan Markle attends day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on June 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan Markle attends day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 04, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Actress Meghan Markle leaves the 'Today Show' taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on July 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Actress Meghan Markle leaves the 'Today Show' taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Actress Meghan Markle enters the 'Today Show' taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (R) arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Britain's Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, London, Britain, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Meghan Markle arrives to visit radio station Reprezent FM, with her fiancee Britain's Prince Harry, in Brixton, London January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski/Pool
Crowds greet Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle during a visit to Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Britain, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Birchall/Pool
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London, Britain February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Stansall/Pool
Meghan Markle, the fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry, meets members of the public during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle, Britain, February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Jane Barlow/Pool
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive for a visit to the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn, Northern Ireland March 23, 2018. Arthur Edwards/Pool via Reuters
Britain's Prince Harry (UNSEEN) and his fiancee Meghan Markle, visit a science park called Catalyst Inc., during a visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland March 23, 2018. Chris Jackson/Pool via Reuters
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Meghan Markle attends the 25th Anniversary Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
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Broadcaster Afua Hirsch, author of "Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging," said ethnicity played a part.

"I would like to see more honesty and introspection in journalists who have repeated some of these tropes about Meghan Markle, and a willingness to at least look at the fact that her treatment has been different," she told Reuters.

Meghan herself has said she avoids newspapers and Twitter, but asked about the focus on her ethnicity when her engagement was announced, she such coverage had been "disheartening."

"At the end of the day I'm really just proud of who I am and where I come from," she said. (Writing by Michael Holden Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

 

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