Meghan Markle has ‘very powerful voices’ says royal insider
Genevieve Roth, who leads the social impact and culture change agency Invisible Hand, has joined forces with Archewell, Meghan and Prince Harry’s organisation, it was announced earlier this week. In a recently-resurfaced article, Ms Roth discussed how she only realised after marrying her husband Jordan that she had internalised racism.
In a Good Housekeeping article she penned last year, Ms Roth wrote: “It does not matter how many marches I have planned or how many progressive candidates I have campaigned for or how many times I have chanted Black Lives Matter in the streets: I am rife with internalised racism and unconscious bias.
“And to all of the non-black folks reading this, we need to get clear on something: so are you.”
She said meeting her husband was pivotal in opening her eyes to racist tendencies “written in at a cellular level”.
Ms Roth also said she only realised the world treats people of colour in a different way than white people after marrying Jordan.
Ms Roth shared similar remarks with Australian social enterprise Primer.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are to join forces with Genevieve Roth
Genevieve Roth leads the social impact and culture change agency Invisible Hand
She said: “As a white American woman, I have too often made the mistake of considering racial injustice as something happening to black people that I needed to empathise with and fight for, instead of understanding it as something that I myself was creating and responsible for.”
Ms Roth is a former journalist who worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Working with the Archewell Foundation, Invisible Hand will work on how the non-for-profit organisation will achieve “strategic change through storytelling and community building in support of gender and racial equity.”
Ms Roth’s remarks on racism and unconscious bias echoed comments made by the Duke of Sussex in October last year.
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Marking Black History Month in the UK, Prince Harry admitted meeting Meghan had opened his eyes to the lack of opportunities for people from BAME communities.
He told the Evening Standard: “Because I wasn’t aware of so many of the issues and so many of the problems within the UK and also globally as well. I thought I did but I didn’t.”
He added: “You know, when you go into a shop with your children and you only see white dolls, do you even think: ‘That’s weird, there is not a black doll there?’
“And I use that as just one example of where we as white people don’t always have the awareness of what it must be like for someone else of a different coloured skin, of a black skin, to be in the same situation as we are where the world that we know has been created by white people for white people.
Prince Harry said last year he became more aware about issues faced by people of colour after meeting Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry speaking to Oprah Winfrey
“It is not about pointing the finger, it is not about blame.
“I will be the first person to say, again, this is about learning.
“And about how we can make it better. I think it is a really exciting time in British culture and British history, and in world culture.
“This is a real moment that we should be grasping and actually celebrating.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got married in 2018
“Because no one else has managed to do this before us.”
Prince Harry hasn’t been the only member of a European Royal Family to open up about racism and how dating a person of colour changed their view of the world.
Princess Martha Louise of Norway, who has been dating Durek Verrett since May 2019, spoke in June 2020 about the death threats they both received on social media after their relationship became public knowledge.
She wrote on her personal Instagram account: “Being @shamandurek‘s girlfriend has given me a crash course in how white supremacy is at play and the way I have consciously and subconsciously thought of and acted towards black people.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry launched Archewell last year
“How I have taken my rights for granted – never looked properly at what racism really is, because it has been comfortable for me that the system is in place.
“I am not proud of it, but I realise I need to grow into understanding this deeply rooted system to be able to be part of the dismantling of it.
“I, as a white person, need to grow, educate myself and become better and move from being against racism to being anti-racist.”