Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford recalls experience of racism

Louise McCreesh
·3-min read
Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

From Digital Spy

Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford has recalled his own experience of workplace racism at a former job, in defence of Meghan Markle's recent interview.

During the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan claimed that there were conversations within the royal family about "how dark" their son Archie's skin "might be".

"In those months when I was pregnant [there were] concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born," Meghan said.

Speaking on the morning news programme, Alex revealed that he had experienced "covert and overt racism" and shared a similar story.

Watch: Not Queen or Duke of Edinburgh who made alleged racist comment, says Oprah Winfrey

Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images

Related: Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview breaks ratings record for ITV

"I've walked into institutions as the only person of colour and experienced covert and overt racism in so many occasions," he said.

"Why the Meghan interview really resonates with me is because an ex-work colleague – not off this show – asked me if I was worried the shade of cocoa my son was going to come out.

"So I fully understand the hurt that is behind all of that.

"When you're mixed race, what you find, in my personal experience, is that when you're a lighter shade of Black, people gain confidence and think they can say things to do that they wouldn't say to a Black person."

Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

Related: Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford pays tribute to his cousin Nathaniel, who was the victim of a fatal stabbing

Alex criticised Piers Morgan's treatment of Meghan during a debate on yesterday's GMB, which led to Piers briefly walking off the set. Piers has since left the ITV show permanently.

Earlier this week, BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty revealed her first experience of racism for the latest edition of Panorama.

Watch: Piers Morgan walks off GMB following heated discussion with Alex Beresford over Harry and Meghan interview

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk) or Black Minds Matter (www.blackmindsmatteruk.com). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.

Readers can also donate to the UK anti-discrimination group Stand Up To Racism, and the Unite Families & Friends Campaign, which supports those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody. For more information on how you can support Black Lives Matter, please visit its official website or donate here.

Digital Spy's digital magazine is back! Read all issues now with a 1-month free trial, only on Apple News+.

Interested in Digital Spy's weekly newsletter? Sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox – and don't forget to join our Watch This Facebook Group for daily TV recommendations and discussions with other readers.

You Might Also Like