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These days it’s common knowledge that Meghan Markle is not on the best of terms with her royal in-laws.

But for as many facts as we have about the situation, there’s still widespread disagreement about which party bears the majority of the blame for the bad blood.

In the US, Meghan is more popular than the Windsors.

And that’s not just because of national pride.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Oprah
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle talked very openly to Oprah. (Photo via CBS)

The millions who watched Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey came away with the sense that the Duchess of Cambridge had been badly mistreated during her time in the UK.

We learned from that conversation that Meghan was nearly driven to suicide by the cruelty she faced in London.

Among other shocking revelations, Meghan claimed that a member of the royal family expressed concerned about the complexion of her unborn child.

Meghan Markle with a Very Large Hat
Meghan Markle is wearing quite a hat in this photo. Not sure if we like it or not.

This person, who Meghan has chosen to protect with anonymity, allegedly worried that Brits would not be accepting of the boy if his skin were too dark.

It’s no wonder that in the wake of such revelations, Meghan has won the support of most Americans.

And now, one prominent American who has a large following in the UK is offering a courageous take on the situation that’s being applauded internationally.

Denee Benton is familiar with many of the issues that have affected Meghan. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

Denée Benton is an actress who received acclaim for her breakthrough role on HBO’s The Gilded Age.

While she’s not a royal herself, she is a woman of color who played a part on a show that dealt with many of the same issues that Meghan has faced.

In a new interview with Tatler, Denée spoke out about Meghan’s situation, noting that the royals were likely ill-equipped to help someone in the Duchess’ position feel comfortable.

Meghan & Harry at the Jubilee
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attended the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this week. And it seems that not everyone in the crowd was thrilled to see the Sussexes. (Photo via Getty)




“Being the first and only [person of color], you’re really set up for an incredible amount of abuse—the system isn’t set up to support you,” Benton said.

“And I think that [because of] the lineage of the really profoundly devastating effects of colonization as it relates to the monarchy, you can’t necessarily just pop a Black person in.”

Benton believes that the royals could have made the situation work — but notes that doing so would have required the Queen and company to reflect, and humble themselves in ways they never have before.

Meghan Markle Interview Pic
Meghan Markle sits down here and talks to Oprah Winfrey about her time as a Royal. (Photo via CBS)

“It requires a lot of reckoning,” the actress observed.

“Unless you’re ready to do that work, then the person who’s put in that position ends up suffering more than the changes they are able to make.”

Benton notes that while Meghan certainly made strides toward greater diversity and inclusion in institutions like the royal family, this is not a battle that the Duchess can wage on her own.

Meghan Markle Forces a Smile
Meghan Markle is all smiles in this photo. Or all forced and sort of pretend smiles, we should write. (Photo via Getty)

“It’s [going to take] much more than one person coming in to trigger all of that change. It doesn’t really work,” the actress concluded.

“They just get eaten alive or make the choice to protect themselves and [in the latter case], I’m like, power to you, sis!”

Powerful words from one American queen to another.