Meghan Markle 'set up for abuse' as Royal Family linked to 'devastating effects' of imperialism, actor claims

Meghan Markle was "set up for an incredible amount of abuse" when she joined the Royal Family, actor Denée Benton has said

Published

Meghan officially joined the Royal Family in May 2018 when she married Prince Harry.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been divisive figures ever since, breaking away from the monarchy to embark on a new California-based life in 2020.

Meghan and Harry famously spoke out about alleged racism during their time in the UK when they sat down for their infamous TV interview with Oprah Winfrey.

And actor Denée Benton, a star in HBO's historical drama The Gilded Age, believes Meghan was "set up" before she found the chance to settle in to the royal fold.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

She said: "Being the first and only [person of colour], you’re really set up for an incredible amount of abuse – the system isn’t set up to support you.

"And I think that the lineage of the really profoundly devastating effects of colonisation as it relates to the monarchy, you can’t necessarily just pop a black person in."

Ms Benton opened up about Meghan after sharing her experience as a black woman appearing in period dramas.

Playing the role of Peggy in The Gilded Age, she told HBO bosses her goal was to "get black women as an integral part of the decision-makers on the creative team".

And, referring to her own experience, she sympathised with Meghan's position as the first black member of the Royal Family.

She told Tatler: "It’s [going to take] much more than one person coming in to trigger all of that change.

"It doesn’t really work.

"They just get eaten alive or make the choice to protect themselves and [in the latter case], I’m like, power to you, sis!"

It comes as Meghan and Harry are set to receive a humanitarian award for their work with Afghan refugees.

Denée Benton
Denée Benton

Meghan and Harry’s Archewell Foundation will receive the Partner Organisation Award in New York next week.

Earlier this year, Harry was a keynote speaker at the UN commemoration to mark Nelson Mandela Day, in which he spoke out about several topics.

During his speech at the UN event, Harry said: “How many of us feel battered, helpless in the face of the seemingly endless stream of disasters and devastation, I understand.

"This has been a painful year in a painful decade."