engagement, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle

Congratulations! A Royal Engagement

By Susan Kuebler

The year 2017 has been pretty dismal so far.  The first year of a Trump presidency has brought no legislative achievements, divisive racial rhetoric, and incomprehensible statements from the leader of our nation.  A number of popular cultural icons have died (although not Keith Richard. I still can’t figure that one out). But thank God for the British.  Today the following announcement was issued from Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince of Wales:

There had been rumours of a royal engagement earlier, but speculation that the announcement would be delayed until after the first of the year so as not to detract from other royal events over the holidays.  The Prince of Wales issued a further statement on behalf of himself and the Duchess of Cambridge regarding the engagement:

In case you don’t know who Meghan Markle is, following is a picture taken earlier this year of her with Prince Harry:

Ms. Markle is a beautiful and talented young lady which should be enough to qualify her as a royal bride, but naturally there are some who are not so happy about her because she is:

a) American
b) divorced
c) an actress
d) bi-racial

For those not familiar with the history of the British royal family, the last divorced American who was considered as a potential royal bride was Wallis Warfield Simpson, who ended up marrying Edward VIII after he abdicated the throne in order to “marry the woman I love.”  This led to his brother, Bertie, becoming King George VI and his daughter the present Queen Elizabeth II.  But that was back in the 1930s and this is 2017.

As recently though as 1980s when Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer the strictures on who was qualified to be the future queen of England were still pretty Victorian.  She had to be unmarried, and if not a widow, a virgin, which was a contributing factor to Charles choosing a woman who was singularly unsuited to adjust to a royal lifestyle.  His aunt Princess Margaret had earlier been prevented from marrying the love of her life because he was divorced.

Fortunately for the lives of those concerned, divorce is no longer the issue it once presented, especially as Prince Harry is now 5th and soon to become 6th in the line of succession.  His marrying an American is no big deal either.  But sadly, there are still those who are upset because Ms. Markle is an actress and/or bi-racial.

For those who are disturbed by her ethnic background or former profession there is a perfect British term to use:


If the couple is happy, their parents are happy, and everyone else is happy, who cares.  This is 2017 and while the Royal Family still plays an important role in the British world, Harry has earned the right to marry the woman he loves.  He served in the military on active duty in Afghanistan until his identity was revealed.  He has tirelessly worked on behalf of disabled soldiers and founded the Invictus Games as a venue for these wounded warriors.

Perhaps in this day and age the best headline announcing the engagement read

“American Actress To Wed Former Soldier”

Thank you Prince Harry and Ms. Merkle for giving us something to look forward to in 2018.  A royal wedding.  Finally, some good news for a change.

"All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well". Julian of Norwich.


  1. Just what we need at this time in America a true cinderella-prince charming story. This is not the news I typically follow but it a wonderful happening. I am sure the idiot occupying the White House will try to one up this story and in standard fashion embarrass himself, if that’s possible, and humiliate the rest of us. “You go girl.”

    1. I can’t wait from his tweet about why he can’t attend the wedding after Prince Harry said he wouldn’t be invited. But Obama might get one.

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