What not to love about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s wife-to-be? Not only is she American, but she’s also said to be the first black person to enter a royal family ever. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? The only thing, it’s not true.
There was a black queen of England before. Her name was Sophie Charlotte.
Back in 1700, King George III married Sophie Charlotte von Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Germany. The new queen’s six bloodlines went back to a member of Portugal royal family called Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a woman of African descent. Artists painted her with fairer skin and subdued her exotic features, but other sources confirmed her origin.
Countess Mary Von Habsburg of Austria
While Meghan seems to be the first black person to marry a member of the Mountbatten-Windsor family, it is a well-known practice for the royals from the rest of Europe. One of the latest examples is Archduke Franz Ferdinand von Habsburg-Lothringen and his wife, born in Sudan. “The woman who you marry should match you personally. She doesn’t have to fit into the noble family”, he said in his interview with New York Times.
Princess Angela of Liechtenstein
Angela Gisela Brown, born in Panama, married Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein in 2000, becoming the first person of known African origin to marry into a reigning European dynasty. Their son, Prince Alfons, is in the line of succession for the throne.
#BlackPrincess is still a sensation in England.
Though Meghan would rather be titled as duchess after her marriage, people have already tagged her as #BlackPrincess on Twitter. They are thrilled to see that the royal family is done with racial prejudice and added more representation. Meghan definitely has a lot of supporters!