Meghan Markle reveals her pet peeve, when 'my skin tone is changed and freckles airbrushed out'
Meghan Markle has opened up about being biracial in Hollywood, saying she is considered "ethnically ambiguous".
The 35-year-old actress might have landed a role on the popular legal drama Suits, not to mention her romance with Prince Harry, but she said she's experienced discrimination when it comes to getting roles and promoting them in photoshoots.
Markle said that she never felt uncomfortable in her own skin, but recalls her race being challenged as a child.
"I have the most vivid memories of being seven years old and my mom picking me up from my grandmother’s house. There were the three of us, a family tree in an ombré of mocha next to the caramel complexion of my mom and light-skinned, freckled me," she told Allure magazine as part of its beauty diversity issue.
"I remember the sense of belonging, having nothing to do with the colour of my skin. It was only outside the comforts of home that the world began to challenge those ideals. I took an African-American studies class at Northwestern where we explored colourism; it was the first time I could put a name to feeling too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community.
"For castings, I was labeled 'ethnically ambiguous'. Was I Latina? Sephardic? 'Exotic Caucasian'?”
"Add the freckles to the mix and it created quite the conundrum. To this day, my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photo shoot."
Meanwhile, it's repeated the actress wants to quit the industry after the next season of Suits and focus on a philanthropic career full-time, an idea she had before meeting her royal boyfriend, but a move which their relationship would benefit from.
"Even before Harry, she was starting to think about transitioning out of acting. She wants to focus on her other worldly endeavours she is passionate about, like her philanthropy," an insider told E! News.
Meghan is an ambassador with World Vision and has travelled to Rwanda and India as part of her humanitarian role.