A Commonwealth Princess? The instrumentalization of Meghan Markle’s race to construct her royal persona

Carniel, Jessica ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7462-0972 (2021) A Commonwealth Princess? The instrumentalization of Meghan Markle’s race to construct her royal persona. Persona Studies, 7 (1). pp. 33-47.

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Abstract

Prior to the Sussexes’ departure from their roles as senior royals, there was a significant attempt to construct for the Duchess of Sussex a specific royal persona that can be summarized as the 'Commonwealth Princess'. There were two main purposes to this persona. The first was to use both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their popularity to leverage a more modern face to monarchy in the Commonwealth. The second purpose, stemming from this, was to maintain and strengthen contemporary relations with Commonwealth nations. Markle’s biracial identity was an important part of this strategy and persona as it became a means to connect to colonised people of colour.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2022 06:41
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 04:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Race; Colonialism; Celebrity; Royal Persona; Persona studies; Celebrity studies; Commonwealth; Critical race theory
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470208 Culture, representation and identity
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4499 Other human society > 449999 Other human society not elsewhere classified
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470199 Communication and media studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1399 Other culture and society > 139999 Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.21153/psj2021vol7no1art1459
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45592

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