My wife and daughter, along with friends, had a Royal Wedding party where they dressed up and watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle.
I don’t get it? They’re obsessed with them. They do what they called Royal watching and binged watched the TV show “The Royals” and “The Crown.”
These are intelligent, educated women. Is this a female thing? I mean with all that “Me Too” movement and feminist talk do they secretly covet a life with a Prince Charming?
Dear Thoroughly Confused,
The Royal Wedding!!! What’s not to get? There’s something for everybody.
History Being Made – Historically, the monarchy has been extremely conservative on matters involving marriage, divorce and certain relationships. King Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth’s Uncle, abdicated the thrown in order to marry an American divorcee resulting in a turbulent relationship with the Royal family. Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth's sister had to choose between her title and the man she loved. She chose her title.
Culture Shift - Meghan Markle, a bi-racial American divorcee and actress captivated the heart of Prince Harry. Their marriage is of tremendous historic significance. Times have changed, since the days of King Edward VIII and Princess Margaret. Their wedding ushers in an era that includes a diverse, tolerant and egalitarian country.
Meghan’s Family Turmoil – First some background. Meghan Markle's parents divorced when she was young. Her mother, with whom she is close, is Doria Ragland, a black yoga teacher. Her father, with whom she has been estranged, is Thomas Markle Sr., a white former crew member on the show “Married with Children.” He had two children from a previous marriage, Samantha Grant 17 years older than Meghan and Thomas Markle Jr. 15 years older.
Thomas Markle Sr. made headlines with on again off again attendance at the wedding. A “staged” photo shoot showed him boning up on English traditions and etiquette as well as working out in preparation for the wedding. Prior to the wedding day he suffered a heart attack. Meghan’s wish to have her father walk down the aisle was dashed.
Samantha Grant has made unkind comments about Meghan; calling her a social climber, not befitting a royal family member. She criticized Prince Harry after he said that the Royals are the family Megan has never had. While promoting her book “The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister," she asked for an invite to the wedding then complained about not being invited.
Thomas Markle Jr., who is growing a new strand of cannabis and who last year was arrested for allegedly holding a gun to his girlfriend’s head, has warned Prince Harry against marrying Meghan. He’s called her shallow and conceited. He also asked for an invite to the wedding. (You must see the irony.)
Doria Ragland, a single parent, community worker, a self-effacing, altruistic mother was the solitary beacon of light in Meghan’s family. Causing no drama, she dealt with the racist harassment from the press with grace. With quiet strength she demonstrated class and elegance. During the wedding she was the lone presence of Meghan’s family as in stark contrast to sitting across from Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal family. Brimming with emotion, Doria was an immaculate example of grace and dignity.
The Wedding/Pomp and Circumstance – No one throws a wedding like the Brits. The streets were lined with on-lookers waving flags, cheering and hoping for a glance of the bride. The procession of wedding guests, speckled with a host of celebrities and philanthropists, were in high fashion as they strode to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
A lush arch of white roses surrounding the entry served as a greeting. George’s Chapel was decorated with understated elegance. Meghan with sun beams glistening behind her, as though her presence brought light, floated down the aisle to join her groom. Prince Harry peaking past his best man, Prince William, dapper in his military dress, took a sneak a peek at his bride to be. She was followed by adorable flower girls wearing crowns of flowers and page boys carrying her train. Midway through the chapel, Prince Charles escorted Meghan to Harry. This was a tear jerker moment – Meghan had wanted her father to walk her down the aisle, there stepping in was her father-in-law to be, Prince Charles.
Close to tears, Harry took Meghan’s hand and said, “You look amazing - I missed you," and said "Thank you, pa'."
The couple left In a horse-drawn carriage through the streets as Prince Harry of Sussex and Duchess Meghan of Sussex smiling and waving at the throngs of well-wishers.
Love Prevails - Megan is American; three years older than Harry, a commoner, black, a divorcee and actress yoked to a half brother and sister who exude contempt for her. Yet and still, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle found one another, fell in love, received the blessing of the Queen of England and married.
When it comes down to it, the connection, the unabashed palatable love that radiates between Prince Harry Duke of Sussex and Duchess Meghan of Sussex is the story. They smile, giggle, touch and bathe in the glow of one another. Reminding us that love triumphs.
The Royal wedding was watched by millions on an international platform. This demonstrates that we as humans prefer to be witness to love and romance rather than hate and dissension.
No, it’s not a female thing, it’s a human thing. Feminism and the “Me Too” movement do not discount love. Women seek fair and just treatment. One is not abandoned for the other. Prince among men understand that. Maybe women are seeking a prince of a man. Can you blame them?