UFC star Leon Edwards 'heartbroken' by Meghan Markle's Oprah interview and claims of racism in the Royal Family
Meghan Markleis going through is unacceptable, says UFCfighter Leon Edwards, who is Black.
- The welterweight is from the UK and said there is a difference in racism in the US and in Britain.
- In the US, racism is out in the open, Edwards said, but in the UK there is "hush racism."
Markle and her husband Prince Harry's interview with Oprah, which aired Sunday and cost CBS $7 million, has sent ripples through the UK and the US, and led to crisis talks in the British
In the interview, Harry noted that racism was "a large part" of why the couple left the UK. He added that it was hurtful that the royal family never acknowledged the tabloid media's racist treatment of Markle.
Markle, meanwhile, told Winfrey that members of the royal family had "concerns and conversations" about how dark their son Archie's skin would be before he was even born.
After the interview had been broadcast, Edwards was one of a number of elite athletes to express their support for Markle, and their condemnation of her treatment.
"It's unacceptable, obviously. It's heartbreaking to hear what [Markle] went through, what she's still going through," he told TMZ.
He added: "[She's] a new mom, just got married. This should be a fun time in her life. Should be enjoying her family, enjoying her baby, but this is what she has to deal with."
The 29-year-old fighter, who was born in Jamaica but moved to England when he was nine, said that there's a difference between racism in the US and in the UK.
"There's racism, but it's very hush racism, right? It's not like in America, there's blatant racism sometimes. But, in the UK, it's like very down low racism, but it's there, and it's sad to see in 2021.
"You can't keep an old monarchy in 2021. They need to come up to date with the times," said Edwards. "I wish [Markle] well, and she can get through it."
One of the top welterweights in mixed martial arts, Edwards returns to the Octagon this weekend after a coronavirus-enforced period of inactivity in 2020.
The Brit fights Belal Muhammad in the headline bout of the UFC Fight Night 187 event that takes place behind-closed-doors inside the Apex, Las Vegas.
He previously told media during a virtual roundtable that Insider attended that he plans to win, in style, so that he can force a 170-pound title shot later in the year.
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