Don Lemon expressed his shock that Meghan Markle passed as a mixed woman until she began dating Britain's Prince Harry.
In an interview with Mariah Carey on her Spotify podcast, Meghan said she passed as "mixed" until she started dating her future husband.
"And I think, for us it's so different because we're light-skinned," she told Mariah.
"You're not treated as a Black woman. You're not treated as a white woman, you sort of fit in between. I mean, if there's any time in my life that it's been more focused on my race, it's only once I started dating my husband. Then I started to understand what it was like to be treated like a Black woman. Because up until then, I had been treated like a mixed woman. And things really shifted."
Meghan said her mixed race privilege meant she "did not have to deal with racism" until she married Prince Harry.
Lemon was shocked that Meghan didn't understand the Black experience until she married a white man.
"I commend Meghan Markle for going there, even though it is a bit shocking that at 30-some years of age, she is just understanding what it's like to be a black woman in America," Lemon told his fellow co-anchors on Wednesday morning.
Meghan's mother Doria Ragland is Black. Her father Thomas Markle is Caucasian. No one from her father's side of the family attended her royal wedding in 2018.
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