Royal protocol is such, for centuries that would have forbidden the match. Not too long ago, it would have been nigh-on impossible to imagine a Prince becoming engaged to marry a woman who doesn’t ‘tick the boxes’ – in any way – that is the ‘given’ as history has revealed.
So, as 2018 is on the starting blocks, and the impending nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gathers greater column-inches, their collective generation of royal followers, and future news-seekers of the monarchy, will continue to doth their caps to someone who is proving, ongoing, to be a man for all people.
Given that actress Meghan is Black, Catholic, divorced and from the United States, the prospect of the ‘Suits’ star being beside the fifth in line to the throne marks probably the most telling indication that the House of Windsor is, more so now than ever before, ‘representing’ their people over whom they rule.
Less of a constitutional significance than, say, had Prince Harry had been older than his brother, Prince William, but the fact that his relationship with the 36-year-old is likely to be played out on pretty much every given media platforms, for, ostensibly, an unimaginably endless period of time, it’s clear that these are changed times.
The right-wing tabloids have made Ms. Markle’s race a talking point and were criticized for dog-whistle racism in their coverage of her, with one – the Daily Mail – describing Markle’s mother’s neighbourhood as being “famous for gangs” as it detailed the number of crimes that happened in the vicinity of her home.
The young, dashing 33-year-old Prince Harry is the very epitome of what his late mother, Princess Diana, represented. And, with his relationship with the ‘90210,’ ‘CSI: NY’ and ‘Castle’ star the subject of endless bulging discussions and mega media hype, it’s just plain to see; Love clearly does conquer ALL.