Tennis superstar Serena Williams and poet Amanda Gorman led an outpouring of support for Meghan Markle following her explosive allegations of racism in the British royal family.
In a two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey, Markle, whose mother is Black, said her husband Prince Harry revealed his family’s concerns over “how dark” her son Archie’s skin would be.
She also said no members of the royal family had spoken out to defend her against a torrent of what she said was racist coverage from British tabloids.
“Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced,” Williams tweeted after the interview aired on Sunday.
“I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us,” said Williams, hailing her “selfless friend.”
“We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism. The mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal.”
Markle told Winfrey she had contemplated taking her own life after joining the royal family and that she was denied help during her mental health crisis.
“Royalty is not a shield from the devastation and despair of racism,” Bernice King, daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted in support.
“We can know racism exists in an institution and still hurt for someone who was hurt by it,” she wrote.
“I’m grateful that Meghan Markle is still here.