Meghan Markle has revealed that she is 43 per cent Nigerian after doing a genealogy test ‘a couple years ago’ when speaking in her latest Archetypes episode.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, said she is “going to start to dig deeper into all this” during her discussion with comedians Issa Rae and Ziwe Fumudoh on her new podcast instalment, titled ‘Upending The Angry Black Women Myth’.
Speaking to Nigerian-American comedian Ziwe, Meghan explained: “I just had my genealogy done a couple years ago… [I’m] 43 per cent Nigerian.”
She added: “I’m going to start to dig deeper into all this because anybody that I’ve told, especially Nigerian women, are like “What!”‘
“This is huge for our community,” a shocked Ziwe, 30, replied. “No, honestly, you do look like a Nigerian, you look like my Aunt Uzo. So this is great.”
Meanwhile, discussing her behaviour in work situations, the Duchess spoke of her frustration at “cowering and tiptoeing into a room” due to the fear she could be perceived negatively.
Elsewhere in the episode, released on Spotify, mother-of-two Meghan admitted she is “particular” and insisted that “telling people what you need does not make you demanding” as she claimed black women are stereotyped as “angry”.
In a segment conversation with the actress Issa Rae – Meghan (speaking for Black women) said it was time to “try on what it feels like when we’re allowed to just live our truths… to be direct without being called angry, to exist on our own terms, to just be, to just be human” .
“I remember when I was auditioning, the idea of even Black roles, and I remember those casting sheets where the description of the character – she always had to have an edge or an attitude.”
She continued: “This idea that a black woman must be angry when we all know sometimes things make you feel angry or sad or hurt or upset and that’s not a gender or racially specific feeling. Yet this trope of the angry black woman, it persists, and… it was being reinforced constantly in ways we hadn’t even realised.”
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