A British journalist said she did not realize she was racist by calling Meghan Markle “exotic”.
Rachel Johnson reflected on her 2016 article about the Duchess in a new BBC documentary.
She said she would be “canceled” if she used the same language today.
Rachel Johnson, a British journalist who called Meghan Markle’s DNA “exotic” five years ago, said she would not use the same language today because she would be “canceled”.
Johnson is a columnist, author and sister of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Entering her column to Mail on Sunday in 2016, titled “Sorry Harry, but your beautiful bolts have not passed my mother’s test,” Johnson Markle described as genetically “blessed.” She wrote that the “rich and exotic DNA” of the then actress would thicken the “watery, thin blue blood” of the royal family.
“Miss Markle’s mother is a dreadlocked African-American lady from the wrong side of the track who lives in LA, and even the sourest spinster has to admit that the 35-year-old actress is extremely easy on the eye,” she wrote.
Speaking of BBC documentary “The Princes and the Press,” which aired in the UK on Monday, told Johnson she was unaware that the language she was using was racist at the time.
“I contrasted Meghan Markle’s ethnic heritage with Prince Harry’s ethnic heritage,” Johnson said.
“Of course, that was a few years ago, we would not come close to it now because we would be canceled for doing something about someone’s ethnic background to their skin color, it would be completely off-limits.”
She added that she would not use the words “exotic DNA” if she were to write the same article today.
“For now I know, and now I have been educated, and I have taught myself that ‘exotic’ is a euphemism for Black, which one does not dare say,” she said.
“I agree it was a mistake, because no matter what you read, it sounds eugenic or racist. So let’s just forget it,” she added.
Racism in the British press is something the Duchess has been dealing with ever since the news came that she was dating Prince Harry in 2016, Insider reported earlier.
Harry was the first and only member of the British royal family to publicly acknowledge the racism Markle faced when he published a official statement on the subject in November 2016.
“His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been exposed to a wave of abuse and harassment,” a Harry representative said at the time. “Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of commentary; and the direct sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”
Representatives of the Duchess of Sussex and Rachel Johnson did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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