Meghan Markle hoped in 2012 that people would be ‘more open’ by the time they ‘had kids’

Meghan Markle, the SuitsThe actress-turned-member of the royal family spoke (virtually) at her high school’s alma mater graduation this year. Speaking about the Black Lives Matter movement, the Duchess was clear in her anti-racist stance. But a 2012 clip of the Duchess of Sussex shows that Meghan wanted a better world for her future child.

Video resurfaces the Duchess of Sussex and former ‘Suits’ actress Meghan Markle battling racism in 2012

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British Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie, in 2019 | TOBY MELVILLE / PA Images via Getty Images

Meghan Markle is one of the many people in the spotlight speaking for George Floyd and BLM. However, unlike several celebrities who now only break their silence, Meghan has been battling this issue for almost a decade.

In a 2012 video, part of the “Erase the Hate” campaign, Meghan spoke to viewers wearing a “I will not tolerate racism” t-shirt.

In the clip, the Duchess of Sussex recalls her personal experiences with discrimination. Even then, she cannot believe that racism is “a mentality that still exists.”

“I thought [it] It goes back to the days when my grandfather moved our family from Cleveland to Los Angeles, “Meghan shares in the video. She continued, recalling from family memory:

[When] They drove all over the country and to stop and get food, anywhere they went, they had to go around the back to get food for the family. You know, I thought that was really isolated from those days we spent, and unfortunately they are not.

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Meghan Markle during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 | Ben Birchall – WPA Pool / Getty Images

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Long before 2018’s wedding to Prince Harry (and Archie’s birth), Meghan dreamed of a future that accepted a “mixed world.”

In the 2012 Erase the Hate video, Meghan also spoke about how the mix affected her perspective. The future duchess explained:

Most people don’t know what I mix with and much of my life has struck me as a fly on the wall. … some of the insults that I have heard or the really offensive jokes, or the names, have hit me in a very strong way.

Once, someone even called Meghan’s mother “N-word”. That was particularly harsh.

“I think that for me, beyond being personally affected by racism, seeing the panorama of what our country is like right now and certainly the world and wanting things to improve,” he said.

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Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, greeted from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their transport procession on May 19, 2018, after their wedding ceremony | AARON CHOWN / AFP via Getty Images

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Meghan, who was an actress on the show. Suits At the time, he was not yet married or a mother. At the time, she had no idea (presumably) that she would eventually marry Prince Harry and have a baby Archie. But she was optimistic about the landscape of the future.

“I hope that by the time I have children, people will have an even more open mindset about how things are changing and that having a mixed world is what it’s all about,” he said.