Meghan’s race relations role


POSITIVE IMPACT: Meghan
Markle; and (below) the
book by Andrew Morton
(below right) was promoted at
the London Book Fair
POSITIVE IMPACT: Meghan Markle; and (below) the book by Andrew Morton (below right) was promoted at the London Book Fair

by Amit Roy MARKLE HAS MADE ETHNIC MINORITIES FEEL LIKE THEY BELONG, SAYS AUTHOR MEGHAN MARKLE’S wedding to Prince Harry next Saturday (19) at Windsor Castle will have a beneficial effect on race relations in Britain, best-selling author Andrew Morton has said. After the couple announced their en­gagement, Morton was first out with his biography of the 36-year-old American actress. Meghan: A Hollywood Princess was heavily promoted at the London Book Fair earlier this year by his publisher, Mi­chael O’Mara Books. Morton spoke to Eastern Eye exclu­sively about the effect Markle has so far had on British society in general and the monarchy in particular. After appearing in a recent edition of The Wright Stuff on Channel 5, Morton said: “The ethnic groupings on the show – both the audience and also some of the panel – were all very positive about the fact she should have a positive effect on race relations just by existing. Their chil­dren are going to be seventh in line to the throne. So it’s going to make ethnic mi­norities feel that they belong.” After the wedding at St George’s Chapel, it is expected the Queen and Prince Philip will pose for photographs with the bride’s parents, Thomas Markle, a Caucasian of Dutch-Irish origin, and Dorian Ragland, who is African American. “That’s going to be, for me, one of the shots of the day,” said Morton. Kensington Palace revealed last week that Markle will arrive at the chapel in a car accompanied by her mother, while her father will walk her down the aisle. Looking to the role Markle and Harry would play in the future, Morton specu­lated that “a trip round India would be more the kind of thing you might expect now from this power couple”. The couple have asked that instead of wedding…

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