After penning a powerful essay on racism, Meghan Markle has again spoken out about the prejudice she’s experienced as a bi-racial woman – especially in Hollywood.
The Suits actress, the daughter of a Caucasian father and African-American mother, has shared her frustration at having her appearance altered in photoshoots.
“To this day, my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photo shoot,” she tells Allure.
The 35-year-old, who has been dating Prince Harry for at least six months, also revealed how casting agents struggled to decided which ethnicity she should portray on screen.
“For castings, I was labeled ‘ethnically ambiguous.’ Was I Latina? Sephardic? ‘Exotic Caucasian? Add the freckles to the mix and it created quite the conundrum.”
The Canadian star touched on the same issue in an essay she wrote for ELLE UK last year, opening up about the racism she endured during her rise to fame as Rachel Zane.
“I remember the tweets when that first episode of the Zane family aired, then ran the gamut from: ‘Why would they make her dad black? She’s not black’ to ‘Ew, she’s black? I used to think she was hot,’ she said. “The reaction was unexpected, but speaks of the undercurrent of racism that is so prevalent, especially within America.”
If you love Meghan on Suits, enjoy her while it lasts: word is she wants to leave the show, leading to speculation she may want to make a trans-Atlantic move to be closer to Prince Harry.