‘I’m biracial, most people can’t tell what I’m mixed with and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall.
‘And so some of the slurs I’ve heard, the really offensive jokes or the names, it has just hit me in a really strong way. A couple of years ago I heard someone call my mom the N-word.
‘So I think for me beyond being personally affected by racism, to see the landscape of what our country is like right now and certainly the world and to want things to be better.’
The former actress, who gave birth to her son Archie on May 6, 2019, also opened up about her desire to encourage more tolerance and acceptance in the world in the hopes of bringing children into a more just and open society.
Dressed in a white T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan ‘I won’t stand for racism’, she said: ‘I am really proud of my heritage on both sides, I’m really proud of where I’ve come from and where I’m coming.
‘But I hope by the time I have children that people are even more open-minded to how things are changing and that having a mixed world is what it’s all about.
‘Certainly it makes it a lot more beautiful and a lot more interesting.’
Revealing that many people don’t immediately realize what her heritage is, Meghan said that, to most, she is not seen ‘as a black woman or a biracial woman’.
‘They treat me differently I think than they would if they knew what I was mixed with,’ she explained.
She added: ‘That can be a struggle as much as it can be a good thing depending on the people you are dealing with.’
Meghan then revealed that when her grandfather moved the family from Cleveland to Los Angeles, they had to use the back door whenever they stopped for food.
She said: ‘I thought that was really isolated to those days that have passed and sadly they are not.’
Although the video was filmed and shared back in February 2012, it has resurfaced online and on social media in the wake of the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, who passed away after a police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest on May 25.
In the days since his tragic death, the US and other cities around the world have been gripped by protests and riots.
However the video is not the only time that Meghan has spoken out about racism, and her personal experiences with it.
In 2015, two years before she met Prince Harry, Meghan wrote a candid article for Elle magazine in which described her experiences of growing up with a white father and a black mother.
Meghan’s parents met at a TV studio in Los Angeles, where Thomas was working as a lighting director and Doria was a temp in the studio.