American member of the British royal family, Meghan Markle, has opened up on her genetic heritage, revealing that she is 43% Nigerian.
Recent genealogical testing undertaken by Meghan Markle showed showed she was “43 percent Nigerian,” the royal revealed on the latest episode of her Spotify original podcast, Archetypes.
According to Mirror, the Duchess of Sussex made this known in the latest episode of her podcast, Archetypes, where she expressed her desire to learn more about her roots.
Meghan stated that the aim of the podcast is to “dissect, explore, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.” The archetype tackled in the seventh episode of the 12 episode series was that of the “angry Black woman.”
As guests, Meghan invited author and academic Emily Bernard, actress and producer Issa Rae, and talk show host Ziwe Fumudoh, to discuss their various experiences with the racist label and how it manifests in day-to-day life.
Meghan herself has spoken out about the racism she faced when she became a global figure of public interest after she met and married her husband Prince Harry.
In the episode, Markle discussed with American actress Issa Rae, Nigerian-American writer Ziwe Fumudoh, and professor Emily Bernards, stating she took a genealogy test which revealed that she is 43% Nigerian.
“I just had my genealogy done a couple of years ago,” Markle stated.
When her guests asked her to share what the results entailed, she said, “I just had my genealogy done a couple of years ago, I’m 43% Nigerian.”
She was further asked by Ziwe what tribe is from, “Are you serious? This is huge. Igbo, Yoruba, do we know?”
The Duchess of Sussex answered saying, “I’m going to start to dig deeper into all of this because anyone that I’ve told, especially Nigerian women, are just like, what?”
The podcast revelation was the first time Meghan opened up about her ancestral background on the public stage.
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