Friday, February 5, 2021

The real history behind Queen Charlotte in 'Bridgerton,' who some say was Britain's first Black royal

Netflix's Regency Drama is the streaming giant's biggest original series to date, having already been watched by 82 million households world wide since it premiered on December 25, 2020.


The show's first season, which follows the love story between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon, Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), has been largely 

Golda Rosheuvel, who portrays King George III's wife Queen Charlotte on the show, recently said that it was "empowering" to play the queen consort as a Black actress.

It has been said that Queen Charlotte could have been the first Black member of the British royal family. Here's everything we know about the royal.

Queen Charlotte was born Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz to a German duke and princess in 1744. She became queen consort of Britain upon her marriage to king George III in 1761 at the age of 17. The couple wed just six hours after Charlotte arrived in the UK from Germany.

It has been claimed that Charlotte was a descendant of a Black branch of thr Portuguese royal family.

The theory was popularized by historian Mario de Valdes y cocom. whom he believes to "have been a Moor and thus a black African."

Buckingham Palace also appeared to disregard Valdes' theory when a reporter from The Boston Globe asked about Charlotte's ancestry in 1999.

Whether or not Queen Charlotte was Black, fans and critics of the Netflix series have generally appreciated the casting choices

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