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I have been a royal watcher since forever. It started with Diana. A commoner who became Diana, Princess of Wales and Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales.
I followed their courtship, wedding, the births and maturing of their two Princes — William and Harry, the unfortunate divorce, and the devastating loss of Princess Diana.
Then watched as their sons began their life journeys.
William, being the first born son destined to be King one day has always been on the logical, plan in place, predictable side. And then there is Prince Harry.
I will never forget the picture of him, very young, sticking his tongue out at the press from a car window. I thought, “He is going to do this his way.” So much for the heir and the spare. The spare role was his to mold.
When rumors began in the summer of 2016 that Prince Harry was enamored with an American actress, Meghan Markle, I did a bit of research and thought there must not be much to it.
While looking into Markle’s background, I was impressed with her accomplishments.
She wrote an essay I re-called for Elle magazine about being a mixed raced woman that garnered much attention. She is also a women’s advocate of the United Nation’s and has spoken at International Women’s Day. In addition, she is involved in a project in Rwanda for clean water.
Markle, a bi-racial woman, who was divorced, and had a successful career as an actress didn’t seem like she would fit the “princess” mold. But, silly me, I was thinking of Wills and Kate. This was Harry who leads with his heart.
In November of 2016, a severely worded and unprecedented edict was issued from Prince Harry’s Communication’s Secretary at Kensington Palace. It not only confirmed the relationship but, it put the press and social trolls on notice that the lines of abuse of “racism and sexism” were being crossed.
Prince Harry’s statement included the mention that many may feel this is what he signed up for as a royal. That this is the price “she” will have to pay. This was part of the “game” meaning the publicity and the never-ending paparazzi chasing. He firmly stated he disagrees, “This is not a game – it is her life and his.
We can all agree — Prince William and Prince Harry no longer have a mother — who may contribute to this strong feeling of the need to protect those they love from those that push the boundaries of respectability.
From that moment on, Markle was provided additional security and the attempts to keep their relationship secret was no more. At that point, it became crystal clear this was someone very important in Prince Harry’s life. I placed my bet that if Harry had found his true love, he wouldn’t be waiting for eight-years like his big brother.
Today I am thankful
- It has been a long hiatus of no writing for me. The keys feel good under my fingers.
- My daughter and grand puppy make me so happy. Just knowing they are near is comforting.
- I am enjoying the last day of sunshine and warm weather.
Today, it was announced that “The Prince of Wales has announced the engagement of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018, Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.”
This announcement is significant on many levels and will change the course of generations to come. Meghan Markle is an American woman of color who was raised Catholic and has been divorced. She has an active career as a well-known actress of a long-running television series. Whew.
She is the first American woman to ever be engaged to a British Royal in a direct line to the throne. (Edward was abdicated when he was engaged and married) Prince Harry is fifth-in-line. Markle could also be the first American to receive the title of Her Royal Highness (HRH).
As required by those in line to the throne, Queen Elizabeth has given them her blessing. We are watching history in the making. I, for one, am looking forward to it.
Princess Di must be smiling down on her boys today. Her joy must be radiating from her being. They have each done well, choosing strong women much like her, to have at their sides. She is a grandmother twice over and one on the way. With a few red-haired babies hopefully in the near future.
In a delightful article “Meghan Markle, Wild About Harry!” Vanity Fair magazine in October 2017 is the quote,
“At the end of the day it’s really simple,” Markle says. “We’re two people who are really happy.”
How wonderful to have a day of good news.
affectionately yours, Laura