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Meghan Markle reveals she is ‘43% Nigerian’ in new Archetypes episode

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In a new episode of her Spotify-only podcast, Archetypes, the Duchess of Sussex disclosed that she is "43 percent Nigerian" in addition to being mixed-race.

After having her genealogy done "a couple of years ago," according to Meghan Markle, who is Nigerian-American actress Ziwe, she learned about her ancestry.

The Duchess admitted she did not know the tribe her ancestors belonged to, but she plans to "start to research more into all of this."

You do look like a Nigerian, like my aunt Uzo, Ziwe added, adding that the revelation was "important for our community." So this is fantastic.

Although Meghan has previously discussed her biracial heritage (her father is Caucasian and her mother is African-American), she has just recently delved into her family history.

The duchess discussed her mixed-race heritage in an essay that was published in ELLE Magazine in 2015. She wrote: "Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating.

"I have learned to appreciate the fact that I have a foot on both sides of the fence when it comes to how I identify myself because of my mixed heritage. 

"To introduce myself, to describe my background, and to express my satisfaction in being a strong, self-assured woman of mixed ethnicity."

During the couple's trip of Africa in September 2019, Meghan spoke about her racial heritage for the first time since getting married to the Duke of Sussex a year earlier.

"Just on a personal note, may I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know that for me, I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color, and as your sister," she said in a speech she gave while visiting a charity in Nyanga.

In another segment of the show, Meghan criticized the stereotype of the "angry Black woman" and clarified that there is a distinction between being "tough" and "clear."

She advised the episode's other guest, star Issa Rae, saying, "You're allowed to set a limit, you're allowed to be clear. You don't become demanding or difficult as a result. It clarifies you.











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