As the world sees Baby Sussex for the first time, we welcome in a new Golden Age for the Royal Family
The day when Barack Hussein Obama made his first words as the first black President in United States history, the countries raw and unparalleled history of slavery, colonialism and racism saw its strongest light at the end of the tunnel. A man who, just because of the colour of his skin, decades prior would never hold the highest office became the world’s most powerful leader. A black man, a black role model, and a black leader with morals and values that ushered in an age of tolerance and progressivism. It was a landmark moment in modern history.
The day Nelson Mandela finished a monolithic three hour speech with: “During my lifetime I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all people will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realised. But, My Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die,” in 1964 the world would forever change. Imprisoned but eventually elected President of South Africa, Mandela’s words spoke power to defiance and rejection of racism and unjust norms. It was a landmark moment in modern history.
The day, Speaking to 250,000 civil rights supporters on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech that definite the civil rights movement and, along many others, helped bring freedom and equality to millions of black people across the United States. His legacy, literally etched in stone on the spot he spoke those words, was a landmark moment in modern history.
As the world sees Baby Sussex for the first time, we welcome in a new Golden Age of representation for the Royal Family and it’s own landmark moment in modern history. The first biracial royal baby, with blood spanning from African Americans enslaved in Georgia to the streets of Los Angeles, and of centuries of British royal history, will inevitably represent the new age of modern civilisation. An age of progressive racial ideals and acceptance for the normal, a welcoming of raw love and unionship over traditionalism and biases, and a raw, passionate understanding that, much like the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, the birth of baby Sussex unifies more than anyone will ever fully know.
Royal watchers from across the globe have long been united in their passion for the royal family, sharing in their joy of weddings past and sorrow of funerals gone, but the Sussex’s have proven to be markedly different. Fans have connected in a deeper way than ever before, flying thousands of miles to meet up, creating dozens of hours of podcasts, hundreds of thousands of words of blogs and millions of follows, likes and shares on social media. Fans from deep Berlin routinely connect with others in Washington, Cape Town, Beijing and Rabat.
There was something so moving, so indescribably emotional and powerful in seeing grandmother Doria Ragland seated alone in St George’s Chapel – directly opposite The Queen, Prince Charles and every other member of the British royal family. A black women, independent and oh so strong, the daughter of a nurse and antique dealer, holding back tears of joy as her daughter married the love of her life in the most elegant and soft of ceremonies – while simultaneously carrying high a sledgehammer to break the glass ceiling of traditionalism and normality within this oldest of institutions.
And for everything groundbreaking, breathtaking, head-turning and draw droppingly amazing with the relationship of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, it ultimately is normal. It’s a modern love story of two adults finding love in one another, ignoring skin and loving character and soul, and is a love story repeated across their two origin countries. And Baby Sussex, shown to the world for the first time today, is the fruit of this most beautiful love.
Baby Sussex, a boy born just two days ago, is born with glowing mixed skin that shouldn’t be fetishised or labelled ‘black’ or ‘white’. He is born with skin with history, many centuries of history, telling of untold pain and ownership contrasted with unrivalled privilege and power. But skin that tells of a new age, a turn in the pages of history with ripples unimaginable from now.
But for everything this young man may be, may celebrate, or may come to represent in the future – regardless of if he chooses to represent two cultures in the UK and US or live the most quiet of lives in which he most definitely deserves, there really is no ground for racism or racial ignorance here.
For the past century we have been ruled by a royal family spanning English, German, Scottish and Greek blood. Multiculturalism isn’t different or alien, it is normal and already celebrated.
And his family is brilliant at embracing multiculturalism in others, they’ve been doing it for decades. His great grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, has since her birth embraced others around the world – viewing people as people, as brilliant bundles of opportunity and hope for the future, and not as reflections of their skin whilst visiting countries across the globe. All his family have done this – from the snowy streets of Bristol to the minefields of Angola.
Baby Sussex, a boy instantly to become Prince Harry’s best friend and a beautiful and precious embodiment of the real love between his parents, has already welcomed in a new golden age of representation for the royal family.
Whether his life is wholly private, or as public as his parents, his very being has made such brilliant waves in the most traditional family.
There should be no pressure to work tirelessly in the future to live up to anything – though I imagine he will be as passionate and revolutionary as his parents – but instead he should be a child how his parents want him to be, a baby finding his way in the world through first word and first steps how his parents want him to be, first trips and falls and first fights, first love and heartbreak and mistake and endeavour.
His life already has been shaped by his parents, a normality around the world in almost every single newborn. The labour and birth announcement done to protect the privacy of this new family in such a special, life changing moment. Harry’s impromptu press conference, a bubble of anxiety and extreme happiness carving the biggest smile on his face, showed just how much he wants to take things at his own pace – but also cognisant of his role as a public royal. And this photocall, a million miles detached from the hundred-person media pool and lined streets outside the Lindo Wing, stresses the utter importance for an early standardisation of a normal upbringing. Why should a baby become used to the ten-thousand clicks of shutters and flash guns, shouts of questions and screaming fans? That’s a lot of pressure and detachment from reality for an impressionable, growing, changing brilliant young brain.
Being supported by British tax payers does not buy anyone the right to delve into their every flaw, every move, every word and every step. To demand their privacy void, a fundamental human right, especially after something as sacred a thing like a birth, is sinister.
And we should give him that space, because his very existence is already revolutionary enough. His very existence marks a new golden age of representation for this family in a technological, social media, multicultural and mixed age that desperately needed it.