Meghan Markle is now officially engaged to Prince Harry, but the news of their upcoming nuptials is exciting for more reasons than another royal wedding; she's also historically breaking stereotypes and redefining what it means to be a "princess" (or duchess, if the predictions on her royal title are true).
As an American, a divorcée, a well-known actress, and, most notably, a biracial woman of color, Markle adds some much needed representation in the British Monarchy, an institution that's historically and almost-entirely white.
The Suits star, whose mother, Doria Radlan, is black and father, Tom Markle, is white, was vocal about her ethnic identity long before being in the limelight as Harry's significant other. In 2015, the actress the famously penned an essay for ELLE UK about her biracial heritage and becoming a "a strong, confident mixed-race woman." She also opened up about her grandfather's "haunting" experience living under racial segregation in the U.S.
In a rare move last year, Kensington Palace publicly confirmed Harry and Markle's relationship and the prince condemned the "racial undertones" in the "abuse and harassment" his now-fiancée received from the public and conservative media.
"Of course, it's disheartening," Markle said during her first interview with Harry, which aired today, where she addressed the racism. "It's a shame that that is the climate in this world to focus that much on that, or that would be discriminatory in that sense. But I think at the end of the day, I'm really just proud of who I am and where I come from."
So when it was announced today that Markle would be the newest addition to the royal family, the news was especially meaningful for people of color. See some of the best reactions on Twitter below.