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Looking for comment on the royal baby? Don’t ask me

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Here are some of the things that people are saying about mixed-race babies at the moment: websites have run stories about the “viral” mixed-race children of Instagram, who are trending because of their “gorgeous blonde hair, light eyes, and golden skin that looks like sand”. White teenagers – in conversations that I have both overheard and been privy to – say, “I really want to have kids with a black guy because mixed-race babies are so cute! I just love their curly hair, and oh my God, the ones with freckles.”

The Kardashians, who have been accused by some people of turning that particular fantasy into reality, are a never-ending source of related commentary. Kylie Jenner is currently causing people to “fall all over themselves with praise” because she learned how to do her mixed-race daughter’s hair.

And now I have had more than 20 requests to do broadcast and print interviews about the impending arrival of Harry and Meghan’s baby – due any day now – on what it means for British identities that this royal baby will be the first to be acknowledged as mixed race.

I know why I’ve been asked, because this was the theme of my contributions this time last year around their wedding. I gave freely of my view that the fact that a woman who proudly identified with having African heritage was entering the senior echelons of the royal family would make it that much harder for people to claim – as they had in the past – that to be black and to be British were mutually exclusive........

© The Guardian