THE racist treatment of the Duchess has been impossible to ignore : And the British press has succeeded in its apparent project of hounding Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, out of Britain.

The part it perhaps didn't bargain for, however, is the loss of Prince Harry - a much loved Royal and a key part of the family's global brand - along with her.

In a statement released later and some weeks ago, the couple said they want to ''carve a progressive new role'' within the royal family and will ''step back as 'senior' members, and work to become financially independent.''

The British press reacted with surprise at the ''shock move abroad,'' described variously as ''seismic,'' ''selfish,'' ''rogue'' and an atrocious lapse of judgment.

If the media paid more attention to Britain's communities of color, perhaps it would find the announcement far less surprising.

With a new prime minister whose track record includes overly racist statement, some of which would make even Donald Trump blush, a Brexit project linked to native nationalism and a desire to rid Britain of large numbers of immigrants, and an ever thickening loom of imperial nostalgia, many of us are also thinking about moving.

From the very first headline about being ''almost'' straight outta Compton'' and having ''exotic'' DNA, the racial treatment of Meghan has been impossible to ignore.

Princess Michael of Kent wore an overtly racist brooch in the duchess's company.

A BBC host compared the couple's newborn baby to a chimpanzee. Then there was the sublimely ludicrous suggestion that Meghan's avocado consumption is responsible for mass murder, while her charity cookbook was portrayed as somehow helping terrorists.

Those who claim frequent attacks against the duchess have nothing to do with her race have hard time explaining these attempts to link her with particularly radicalized forms of crime - terrorism and gang activity - as well as the fact that she has been most venomously attacked for acts that attracted praise when other royals did them.

Her decision to guest-edit British Vogue , for example, were roundly condemned by large parts of the British media, in stark contrast to Prince Charles's two-time guest editorship of Country Life magazine, Prince Harry's of a BBC program and Kate Middleton's at Huffington Post, all of which were quietly praised at the time.

Her treatment has proved what many of us have always known : No matter how beautiful you are, whom you marry, what palaces you occupy, charities you support, how faithful you are, how much money you accumulate or what food deeds you perform, in this society racism will still follow you.

In a Britain's rigid-class society, there is still a deep correlation between privilege and race.

The relatively few people of color - and even fewer if you count only those who have African heritage - who rise to prominent success and prosperity in Britain are often told we should be ''grateful'' or told to leave if we don't like it here.

The honor and serving of the latest research on societies and development, and state of the world, continues. The World Students Society thanks author, Afua Hirsch.


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