Actually, meghan markle isn't the first black royal family member.
article from refinery29 by arianna davis. 21 may 2018. ▪"markle, whose mother is black and father is white, is actually not the first black or bi-racial woman to join the royal family. that distinction actually goes way back to the 18th century to queen charlotte of mecklenburg-strelitz.
a black woman in the royal family in the 1700s?! history nerds, prepare yourselves. turns out that, while many englanders were in denial at the time, the wife of king george iii, who was queen from 1761 until her death in 1818, was of mixed race.
according to pbs, charlotte was "directly descended from margarita de castro y sousa, a black branch of the portuguese royal house." so not of unsavoury mixed-race origins, but actual black royalty. her race mostly went under the radar over the course of history until, decades later, art historians began to take a closer look at the distinctly black features in her portraits. her regal nose, those full lips; as a mixed girl myself who can often spot a person with even a small amount of black ancestry from a mile away, it's pretty blatant just from looking at her painting.
the fact that her black physical traits were visible in those paintings was, in itself, noteworthy, because it was customary at the time for artists to "play down, soften or even obliterate undesirable features in a subjects' face," also according to pbs.
many historians believe the mere existence of queen charlotte and these portraits could have played a major role in the slavery abolition movement of the time. and that makes total sense.
now here's another major plot twist: queen charlotte, also happens to be prince harry's great-great-great-great-great-grandmother. yup, that's right. she's queen victoria's grandmother, which makes them relatives, several generations removed. so not only is it possible that prince harry's 14th great-uncle may have beheaded one of markle's ancestors, but now, it's looking like prince harry himself has some interracial genes. although, don't we all?" photo: fine art images/heritage images/getty images