It was on Monday that the American actress Meghan Markle and Britain’s Prince Harry announced their engagement. It was fiery at Twitter with users purporting that the newest princess in the royal family were bi-racial.
Markle’s father is white and the mother is black. However, this is not the first mixed-race royal considering that a number of historians suspect that Queen Charlotte was of African descent. She was the wife of King George III and the sired 15 children.
Historian Mario De Valdes y Cocom has in numerous instances forwarded arguments citing that Queen Charlotte had her roots in a black branch of the Portuguese royal family. These were Alfonso III and Ouruana who was his concubine. She was a black Moore.
It was in the 13th century that Alfonso III of Portugal conquered a small town called Faro from the Moors. This was disclosed by a researcher for Frontline PBS, Valdes. Alfonso III is said to have asked for the governor’s daughter as a paramour and by coming together they sired three children.
Valdes takes the strong stand that Martin Alfonso who was one of the sons had moved ahead to marry into the noble de Sousa family. These were believed to be of black descent. Queen Charlotte from records is believed to have had black blood from both families.
Valdes spent his early years in Belize where he kick started efforts to conduct research regarding Queen Charlotte’s African ancestry. Valdes said that he had obtained the stories from his Jamaican nanny, Etheralda .
He also came to the realization that Baron Christian Friedrich Stockmar, the royal physician had described Queen Charlotte as “small and crooked, with a true mulatto face.”
Sir Walter Scott in his writing disclosed that she was “ill-colored” moving further to state that even her family was a “a bunch of ill-colored orangutans.”
One prime minister in his works outlined that Queen Charlotte’s nose was very wide and her lips were quite thick. In a number of the British colonies, Queen Charlotte was greatly honored by a significant number of blacks who took the strong stand that from the portraits they saw she was of African descent.