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African-American girls see a role model in Duchess Meghan

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African-American girls see a role model in Duchess Meghan



Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are a 21st century couple — it’s their time. They know they have the opportunity to change perceptions about race and identity in Great Britain, the United States and around the world.  Michelle Miller shows how this couple breaks the barrier of who can be a royal. 

“Ladies, may we lift up our sparkling cider …to the happy couple!”

It’s a British high tea in South Orange, New Jersey, where Carolyn “Cookie” Mason is hosting daughter Chloe and her friends.

“There is no better way to celebrate a wedding than to have tea with friends,” Cookie tells CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller.

Even though Meghan’s official title is duchess, to this group, she is a princess – their princess.

“Now we see that a real-life black princess can actually be in the British royal family. So it shows young black girls … that like this can actually be a reality, not just a fantasy, like in story books,” says 16-year-old Tyler Newman.

“Why did she pick Harry?” Miller asks the partygoers.

“I heard it was a set up. A blind date,” Chloe Mason, 15, replies. “Can you…


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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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