Well, here it is…..May 19th, the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. Is this the end of a centuries old monarchy? By that I mean, King Edward VIII, the Queen’s uncle was given an ultimatum, give up his romance of Wallis Simpson, a divorcee, or give up his position on the thrown. We all knew what he chose. Back then, Royals weren’t really allowed to marry a “commoner” as they called them (someone of non-royal blood), let alone a divorcee. That was strictly forbidden, at least taboo.
Born Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, or simply David growing up,( gee, could his parents not decide what to name him?) he chose the name King Edward VIII upon coronation, and he ruled for a very short time, from January 20, 1936 until his abdication on December 11th of the same year, his younger brother Albert, “Bertie” to the family, became King George VI. Anyway, fast forward to 2011. Prince William, (King Edward’s grandnephew) married a commoner, and now, in 2018, William’s brother Harry, is also marrying a “commoner”, not only that, she’s a divorcee, she’s American, AND (this is the wonderful part) she’s bi-racial. I think this is such a step forward, and a remarkable thing that the royal family is supporting. Is it because Harry is now 6th in line of succession to the throne? Maybe, even probably, but it’s a start because he is STILL the son of Prince Charles, FIRST in line, and seeing as the Queen is 92 yrs old now, it probably will not be long before she passes away and Charles becomes King. I’m not wishing that upon her mind you….no way, it’s just inevitable…after all, like I said….she’s 92. That’s a long life. She was born in 1926, became Queen in 1952, and was crowned in 1953. She was just 24 when her father died, (turned 25 that year) and was 26 upon coronation. She’s the longest reigning monarch, bypassing that of her great grandmother, Queen Victoria in 2015. She has tried (and succeeded) to be more sensitive and understanding of the changing of the times, while still upholding the traditions of the crown. The proof is in the pudding. Just look at her grandsons.
If Prince William had no children, Prince Harry would still be 3rd in line. if that were the case, and Harry was getting married first, would he still be allowed to marry an American, bi-racial divorcee? Maybe, maybe not, but I’d like to think so…who knows, It seems to me, that the Queen has mellowed out in her later years, She is the head of the Church of England, but she figures, as long as the future spouse of a child or grandchild converts to Protestantism or Christianity, he or she shall be allowed into the family so long as they follow protocol. This is after all, the 21st century. It’s not the dark ages.
The Queen is changing with the times, and I think that’s wonderful. Princes William & Harry were raised quite differently than their father was, they spent a lot of time with their mother, Princess Diana. She had a hands on approach to raising her sons, and took them on outings that most royal children NEVER get to do. They went skiing, went to concerts and amusement parks, they did things that most non royals do. Prince Charles barely ever saw his mother, he was pretty much raised by nannies.
His sons however were raised by their mum, Diana, she showed those boys how to be humanitarians, sensitive to others, while at the same time keep a sense of decorum in their lives as princes. While she was alive they went on many outings with her, then in their young teen years, (William 15, Harry 13) they lost their beloved mother. We all know what happened with her. But to this day, she still lives in them, they are the men they have become because of her. I’m sure she is looking down from the heavens and smiling. She would be proud of them, very proud. Especially today on her younger son’s wedding day.
What do I think of Meghan? For starters, I feel bad for her because her dad is recovering from heart surgery, and can’t make it to walk her down the aisle. Prince Charles, her father in law to be, will do the honors. The only member of her family that will be there is her mother. She’ll have her friends and fellow cast members from Suits there, but only her mother as far as blood relatives, that has to be hard. Her siblings are estranged, they’re half siblings, and I read that they (especially her sister) are jealous of her, and were before she met Harry, she’s also an actress, and she had a very good career with her role on Suits. I read that her sister claimed that Meghan had become a snob. I thoroughly disagree. I’ve seen interviews with Harry & Meghan after the announcement of their engagement, she is lovely. they seem very suited for each other, and she seems to be up for the challenge of becoming a royal, and I think she’ll fall into the role of princess very nicely. She seems to get along well with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, better known as William & Kate (although the royals don’t call her Kate, she’s Catherine.) I’m sure Kate will help Meghan anyway she can.
Thumb’s up to the British monarchy for changing with the times, and being mor open and less stringent with protocol. I wish nothing but the best for Harry & his new bride on the first step on their new life together as husband and wife. Maybe not to far down the road they’ll hear the pitter-patter of little feet. Will their future children be a ginger like Harry? It’s likely.
Again, best wishes Harry & Meghan on your journey as man and wife. May your life be filled with joy and happiness, in all the years to come.