This is an extract from the full article by Radhika Sanghani published 16th November 2016
According to 2014 ONS figures, one in 10 couples in Britain are now ethnically mixed, meaning some 883,000 children are being brought up in ethnically mixed homes.
However, the increase in interracial couples has gone hand in hand with a rise in racial abuse following the Brexit vote. Dr Reenee Singh, the 49-year-old founding director of the London Intercultural Couples Centre at the Child and Family Practice in Bloomsbury, which offers specific therapy and counselling to couples from different cultures and races, expects to be even busier following Donald Trump’s election.
“The wider political social context isn’t favourable to interracial couples,” she explains. “There’s a disparity between what’s happening on the ground – where more interracial couples are getting together – and a feeling that things should go back to a time when people only mixed with their ‘own kind’.”
As a south Asian woman married to a white man living in north London, Dr Singh has personal experience of hostility towards interracial couples. “Sometimes it’s obvious, but more often it’s insidious. Often when people see you together, they do a little bit of a double take or show surprise. I used to be mistaken for our son’s nanny, which was tough.”
She has also experienced “reverse” racism within the Indian community, where a Hindu priest appeared to discriminate against her husband, Stephen, a media consultant, by talking about his “impurity”.
Typically, it is common for the person of colour in a relationship to be more aware of discrimination than their white partner. But Prince Harry’s actions turn this on its head, which Dr Singh thinks is incredibly positive.