Meghan Markle is making her mark on the British royal family in many ways. She’s not only the first actress and the first American to be warmly welcomed into the family (rather than nearly causing a constitutional crisis à la Wallis Simpson!), many people believe her to be the first biracial person and person of African decent to marry into the family.

But as it turns out, Meghan, whose mother is Black and father is white, may not be the very first biracial royal. That title likely belongs to Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who lived during the 18th century.

Charlotte was married to King George III and was queen for nearly 60 years, until she died in 1818. She’s the grandmother of Queen Victoria, the great-great-great-great-grandmother of the current Queen Elizabeth and the namesake for the American city of Charlotte, North Carolina. She also shares a name with the latest addition to the royal family, Princess Charlotte.

Though she was born in Germany, the daughter of a Duke, Queen Charlotte was directly descended from Margarita de Castro y Sousa, which was the black branch of the Portuguese Royal House. Because her complexion was light, she was suspected to be Caucasian, but she did have some classically African features, historians later found, according to PBS.

Her racial background wasn’t known to the public when she served as queen. It was only discovered many years after her death, thanks to art historians who studied portraits of Charlotte more closely. But if it wasn’t for one painter, Sir Allan Ramsay, Charlotte’s African origins might never have been discovered.

In that era, artists typically were encouraged to downplay featured deemed “undesirable” — which, during that time’s largely prejudiced society, often included those that were considered more traditionally African, according to The Guardian. But Ramsay, who was staunchly against slavery, painted several portraits of Charlotte, and didn’t hide her features. He was also married to the niece of Lord Mansfield, a judge who ruled in the first case that eventually led to the end of slavery in the British Empire.

Charlotte’s racial background can’t be entirely confirmed, but it seems that thanks to Ramsay and his many portraits of Charlotte, according to PBS, her status as the first-ever biracial royal has been cemented.

Earlier this year, Meghan opened up about her family’s history with racism and the discrimination she has experienced being biracial.

And during her revealing engagement interview with Harry, she said that she found scrutiny centered around her ethnicity “disheartening.”

“It’s a shame that that is the climate in this world to focus so much on that,” she said. “But I think at the end of the day, I’m really just proud of who I am and where I come from and we have never put any focus on that, we’ve just focused on who we are as a couple. And so when you take all those extra layers away and all of that noise, I think it makes it really easy to just enjoy being together and tuning all the rest of that out.”

Before the bombshell allegations of sexual misconduct that led to Matt Lauer’s firing from the Today show by NBC, he and former co-host Savannah Guthrie had grown close professionally in their five years of working together.

The 45-year-old morning show host, who made the announcement of Lauer’s termination on-air last Wednesday, was “affected the most” by the news, a source told ET last week.

“She’s not herself. She’s visibly shaken,” the source added, explaining that around the studio on Thursday morning, Guthrie appeared “sad, in deep thought and preoccupied” off-camera. “She is doing her best to stay upbeat and jolly on-air.”

Guthrie and Lauer had shared the desk since July 9, 2012, when she took over for Ann Curry. Since then, the two, along with Al Roker, also hosted both the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting ceremony.

In July, when Guthrie celebrated her five-year “Savannahversary” with Today, Lauer was among the co-hosts to offer her praise, while celebrating in studio with her favorite milkshakes and cake.

“You make it look way too easy,” Lauer shared.

“I think Savannah is one of the most well-rounded people-slash-personalities on the program,” Lauer gushed, in a retrospective feature on Today about Guthrie’s five years with the team.

Seeing how long they were on the show together, it’s not surprising that they shared many memorable moments including two major milestones that have happened during Guthrie’s tenure on Today — the birth of her two children.

“Vale Guthrie Feldman is here! Savannah and Mike have a beautiful (and smart!) little girl!” Lauer tweeted in 2014, when Guthrie’s daughter, Vale, was born. “So much joy and excitement. We love her already!”

This past March, Guthrie brought Vale, as well as her then-3-month-old son, Charley, on the show to meet Lauer and the rest of the Today show family.

Obviously, the tone on set has certainly changed in the wake of Lauer’s firing after more than 20 years with the show. Lauer was fired by NBC after the network received a “detailed complaint” about his alleged behavior from a colleague. Since then, multiple women have come forward accusing the former anchor of inappropriate sexual conduct.

In response to the allegations, Lauer denied some of the claims, while expressing remorse for past behavior that he now regrets.

“As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed,” he said in a statement. “I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full-time job.”

“The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace,” he concluded.