For those of you who had money on Thanksgiving weekend for the royal engagement announcement, I believe you can count this as a victory. This morning, Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry — the ginger one — had become engaged to Meghan Markle, the American actress and star of USA Network’s Suits. The pair have been together for over 18 months or so, although we have no official confirmation on that, and news of a future marriage had been swirling since Markle, also a humanitarian and former lifestyle blogger, shut down her site The Tig and ended a designer partnership with clothing chain Reitmans. She is expected to leave Suits soon and quit acting altogether, so don’t expect to see the future duchess popping up on Hollyoaks.
The pair will marry in Spring of next year, with further details to be announced soon. The engagement ring, designed by Harry himself (ooh, get you), has a central stone from Botswana, a country Harry has strong ties to, with the side-stones taken from the private collection of Princess Diana. They’ve already done their first photo-op together, posing for pics and showing off the ring, and now the wedding excitement begins. Well, the wedding excitement for Americans begin; us Brits just wonder if this means we’ll get the day off for the occasion. It’s a crucial part of whether we’re invested in this story or not.
It’s silly to expect Markle’s sudden membership into The Firm to really spark change in one of our oldest and daftest institutions, but it’s still a pretty big deal for a biracial divorced American actress to marry into the royal family. The racist bullshit has already sparked up, with the Spectator claiming their anger is more rooted in her being a divorcee than anything else (because it’s not as if the Church of England has a big history with divorce and the state, or that the heir to the throne is a divorced man who married a divorced woman or anything like that). Prepare for all the racist think-pieces the pearl clutching conservative royalists can think to vomit out, as well as gossip over ‘catfights’ between Meghan and Kate Middleton, because two women can never be friends!
If you want more on Markle and her royal life to be, check out this piece I wrote a while back.
Anyway, congrats to the pair. Get a damn good prenup and ignore the internet. And give Britain the day off for the wedding!