The “royal wedding” between Prince Harry and minor US TV actor Meghan Markle has added one more person to the excess of 1.25 million mixed race individuals in the UK—a figure which by 2020 is set to become one of the largest non-European “ethnic” groupings in that country.
According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), the “mixed” ethnicity category has been used since the 1991 Census to refer to “British citizens or residents whose parents are of two or more different races or ethnic backgrounds.”
In the 2001 census, 677,177 classified themselves as of mixed race, making up 1.2 percent of the UK population By 2011, this number had reached 1,25 million. That data is the most recent available, and it is likely to have increased since then.
According to the official 2011 ONS statistics, the majority of mixed-race individuals were in England (1,192,879), with the sub-categories defined as follows:
White and Black Caribbean – 426,715
White and Black African – 165,974
White and Asian – 341,727
Other Mixed – 289,984
In Wales, there were 31,521 mixed-race individuals, in Scotland 19,815, and in Northern Ireland 6,014.
A report by the BBC in 2011 however said that the mixed race population was actually twice the official estimate figure, and was as high as two million.
Other statistics show that 3.5 percent of all births in England and Wales in 2005 were mixed race babies, with 0.9 percent being Mixed White and Black Caribbean, 0.5 percent White and Black African, 0.8 percent White and Asian, and 1.3 percent “any other” mixed background.
The ONS report also said that 12 percent of households have at least two partners or household members of different ethnic groups (black and, unsurprisingly, mixed people are the most likely to mix; whites the least).