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A recent poll has highlighted significant generational disparities in the support for Meghan Markle following her accusation of a “royal racist.” Americans were surveyed to gauge public sentiment on the appropriateness of speculating about the skin color of a mixed-race child before birth, a controversy that resurfaced in late 2023 with the release of Omid Scobie’s book, “Endgame.”

Meghan, during a March 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, accused an unnamed royal of expressing concerns about her unborn child’s skin tone. In November and December 2023, the controversy gained traction with the identification of the royal in question in the Dutch edition of Scobie’s book. Meghan had initially refrained from disclosing the royal’s identity to avoid potential damage, but Prince Harry’s January 2023 statement on ITV seemed to diverge from her narrative, stating that she had not accused his family of racism.

Newsweek commissioned a poll from Redfield & Wilton, surveying 1,500 Americans on the acceptability of speculating about a child’s skin color before birth. The results indicated that 51 percent of respondents deemed such speculation unacceptable, while 28 percent found it acceptable, and 21 percent were uncertain.

The breakdown by generation revealed that baby boomers (King Charles’ generation) were most likely to condemn such remarks, with 59 percent disapproving, compared to 20 percent who found them acceptable. In the 27 to 42 age group, respondents were almost evenly split, with 39 percent endorsing speculation and 42 percent condemning it.

Interestingly, baby boomers were the only age group that did not advocate for revealing the identity of the royal involved, with 19 percent supporting identification and 35 percent opposing. In contrast, 42 percent favored naming the individual, with 22 percent opposed, while 60 percent of millennials wanted the names revealed.

Approximately two-thirds of Americans had some knowledge of Meghan’s allegations, with 22 percent claiming to be very familiar, while 37 percent claimed to be not at all familiar with the controversy.

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