She’s recently been pictured having the time of her life with boyfriend Prince Harry during a romantic getaway to the Caribbean.

But beneath the smiles the Suits actress has been undergoing a private battle that has cast a shadow over her professional career.

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The 35-year-old – who was was born to an African-American mother and Caucasian father – has opened up about the challenges her ‘ethnically ambiguous’ appearance has presented during her time as a successful actress and humanitarian ambassador.

In an interview with Allure magazine Meghan revealed that her “pet peeve” was having her freckles airbrushed out of photos and her skin tone lightened.

Revealing the kind of reaction she has had from casting directors she said:

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“Was I Latina? Sephardic? ‘Exotic Caucasian’? Add the freckles to the mix and it created quite the conundrum.”

The United Nations Women’s advocate also urged “freckle-faced friends out there” to embrace their uniqueness, citing this pearl of wisdom she received from her father.

“A face without freckles is a night without stars.’’

Meghan  – on growing up
The star also reflected on her happy childhood, and also shed light on the moment that she realised she was different.
Reliving the time when her mother came to pick her up from her grandmother’s home at the age of seven she said:
“There were the three of us, a family tree in an ombré of mocha next to the caramel complexion of my mom and light-skinned, freckled me.

“I remember the sense of belonging, having nothing to do with the color of my skin.”

But this bubble soon began to burst after she left home to attend classes at Northwestern. Here they explored the subject of colourism, and for the first time she had a name to the feeling of being “too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community”.

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The star has also previously penned an essay for Elle UK. In it she describes the backlash she received after producer’s decision to cast black actor Wendell Pierce as her on-screen father in hit legal drama Suits.

‘I remember the tweets from that first episode of the Zane Family aired,’ she wrote.

‘They ran the gamut from: “Why would they make her dad black? She’s not black” to “Ew, she’s black? I used to think she was hot.”‘

In another article written on Martin Luther King Day for her lifestyle website Tig Meghan speaks about the pain of hearing her grandfather’s tales of segregation, and the work there is still do when it comes to the attitudes toward race.

‘That story still haunts me. It reminds me of how young our country is. How far we’ve come and how far we still have to come. It makes me think of the countless black jokes people have shared in front of me.

‘Not realizing I am mixed, unaware that I am the ethnically ambiguous fly on the wall.’

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