A British royal baby is always a cause for joyous celebration, often garnering international buzz and intrigue. However, the arrival of Baby Sussex marks a particularly important turning point in the British monarchy. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first-born son is the first mixed-race baby born into the royal family. The new noble is seventh in line to the throne.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their baby boy into the world early morning May 6, people from all around the world rejoiced, calling it a defining moment of inclusion. While it continues to be hotly contested as to whether Meghan Markle is the first Black royal, the birth of her mixed-race son marks yet another first in her modern-day fairytale marriage to Prince Harry.
Although the new noble has yet to be named, people online are celebrating the profound impact of Baby Sussex’s mixed-race in what they believe is a sign of racial progress. “The first mixed-race and binational Royal baby, History has been written, overcoming social construct of race,” one Twitter user wrote. “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
The first mixed-race and binational Royal baby, History has been written, overcoming social construct of race congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex #royalbaby— Exquisite Baker (@MulengaSilfa) May 6, 2019
Another user added, “A mixed race baby boy is now 7th in line to the British throne. Elizabeth is shaking in her palace.”
A mixed race baby boy is now 7th in line to the British throne.— Earl Hendricks (@EarlCraig06) May 6, 2019
Congrats to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Elizabeth is shaking in her palace. pic.twitter.com/VtQuNGjgeZ
Some users noted the historical significance of Baby Sussex’s birth, which they believe is a sign of progress in an overwhelmingly white royal bloodline and aristocracy. One user even noted the royal baby’s arrival comes on the first days of Ramadan, a month-long Muslim celebration of Allah.
“I spent an entire semester learning about powerful white dudes making history in my British Literature survey course,” wrote one user on Twitter. “Today, on the last day of that class, a royal mixed-race baby was born into the British Monarchy. Forward.”
I spent an entire semester learning about powerful white dudes making history in my British Literature survey course. Today, on the last day of that class, a royal mixed-race baby was born into the British Monarchy. Forward. https://t.co/KGpJTsVuwh— Gab (@granada_gab) May 6, 2019
Other users online were just happy to finally see themselves reflected in the royal family. “How cute and overwhelmed is Prince Harry. Yay for a mixed race (like me) Royal,” wrote one user on Twitter.
Love the horses in the background. How cute and overwhelmed is Prince Harry. Yay for a mixed race (like me) Royal. https://t.co/xYxc3NaMzV— This Dancing Heart (@thisdancinghart) May 6, 2019
However, not everyone was a fan of the news. Some online were critical of the media for fixating on the royal baby’s “mixed-race” background, accusing the characterization of being “racist.”
“Maybe.... racism wouldn’t be so much of a thing if the first thing news channels have to say about the royal baby is that he’s mixed race,” wrote one Twitter user. “It’s not important, it shouldn’t even get mentioned.
Maybe.... racism wouldn’t be so much of a thing if the first thing news channels have to say about the #royalbaby is that he’s mixed race. It’s not important, it shouldn’t even get mentioned.— Tom Rogers (@rogerst77) May 6, 2019
“The birth of the new royal is a good time to leave behind your obsession with mixed race babies,” wrote Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, the head of editorial for Gal Dem. Meanwhile, other critics argued that the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s child will “obscure the real work that has to be done to get true access and equality for black people throughout the US, UK.”
"I think the birth of their child will offer a symbol of hope, but will obscure the real work that has to be done to get true access and equality for black people throughout the US, UK," Emory prof @Ntellectual tells @cnn #RoyalBaby https://t.co/HILiLcCHod— Emory University News (@EmoryNews) May 6, 2019
No matter what the critics had to say, others were just ecstatic about the history-making moment.
“UM HELLO WE HAVE A MIXED RACE PRINCE,” one user online tweeted.
Another user replied, “The 7th in line is a beautiful mixed race boy what a wonderful time something many of our parents probably thought would never ever happen.”
Thirty-seven-year-old Markle gave birth to their baby boy Monday morning.
Prince Harry was reportedly by his wife’s side when she delivered their son at 5:26 a.m. GMT. Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have yet to formally announce the royal baby’s name, they revealed that he was born at 7 pounds and 3 ounces. In a heartwarming interview with press, Prince Harry was visibly overjoyed when asked about becoming a father.
“How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension,” Harry said. “I’m so incredibly proud of my wife.”
See all the best reactions to the mixed-race royal baby:
So Nice to hear that #BabySussex has finally arrived- May 6th is known as The Day of Materialized Fantasy! What a memorable day, to have a mixed race Royal is great representation for biracial kids in the future #RoyalBaby #Congratulations— destiny'scharm (@caramelcharmz) May 6, 2019
The birth of the new royal is a good time to leave behind your obsession with mixed race babies https://t.co/QXBxwSRpBd— Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff (@CharlieBCuff) May 6, 2019
Oh what a diverse and forward planning family a mixed race child born on the 1st day of Ramadan #royalbaby— Andy Williams (@AndyCaveman21s) May 6, 2019
A mixed race baby born on Ramadan, the EDL are screaming #royalbaby— Shorty (@Homegrown_L) May 6, 2019
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