Meghan Markle compared to 'federal judge or elected official' as she navigates 'uncharted territory as a Black woman'

The Duchess of Sussex has been hailed for entering spaces previously considered off-limits to Black women

Meghan Markle compared to 'federal judge or elected official' as she navigates 'uncharted territory as a Black woman'
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An American lawyer has said that Meghan Markle navigated 'uncharted territory' in marrying into the Royal Family as a Black woman, likening her experience to that of a 'federal judge or elected official'. 

The Duchess of Sussex has been compared to a 'federal judge or elected official', due to her navigation of 'uncharted territory as a Black woman.'

The lofty commendation comes just two days after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle received the NAACP President’s Award for their impressive contribution to public service, especially in the area of racial and social justice. 

In an op-ed published in honor of Black History Month, Professor Anita Hill expressed her gratitude for President Biden's nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court earlier this week. The historic moment saw the US president fulfill the pledge he made during his 2020 Presidential campaign to appoint a Black woman to the court in the case of an open vacancy. 

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Professor Anita Hill has compared Meghan Markle to a federal judge or an elected official 

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"After the press conference ended, I sat up straighter and felt grateful to have witnessed another glass ceiling that was shattered in my lifetime," Hill wrote. 

As she recalled this 'history where Black women of stature and credential entered arenas once thought to be inaccessible', the Yale-educated lawyer was reminded of Meghan Markle—who has also famously occupied an 'arena' that has long been dominated by white people. 

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The former Suits star, whose mother Doria Ragland is Black, became a full-time working member of the Royal Family when she married Prince Harry in May 2018. 

She was subject to intense scrutiny in the British tabloids in the months following the wedding, and allegedly even experienced racist comments within Buckingham Palace when she was pregnant with the couple's first child, Archie. Meghan and Harry stepped back from the Royal Family in January 2020 and moved to California, in the hope of protecting themselves from the 'toxic' culture of the UK press. 

"I was recently able to connect with one of these women—Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex—and while her role over the past few years hasn’t been that of a federal judge or elected official, I couldn’t help but see a measure of parallelism given her experience navigating uncharted territory as a Black woman," Hill revealed. 

BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 in Berkshire, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images)

Meghan Markle with her mother, Doria Ragland

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Meghan also contributed to the piece, sharing the following thoughts with Professor Hill: "The civil rights history of tomorrow is being written today. Judge Jackson’s nomination has opened new ground for women’s representation at the highest level of a judicial system that for too long has tilted against the very community she hails from. 

"For the millions of young women who will rightfully find inspiration from this moment, let’s remind ourselves that Black achievement is something that exists not just today or yesterday, and not just in moments of celebration, but as a fabric woven into the entire chronicle of the American story.”

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.