Black people everywhere are popping champagne in celebration: a black woman is joining THE royal family! But there are more things to love about this historic engagement of Meghan Markle, an American actress and model, and Henry Charles Albert David, aka Prince Harry.
Here are the 3 reasons why we absolutely love this engagement:
- She is 36 and he is 33- The fact that these two will be getting married in their early to mid 30s is a reflection of the trend we are seeing with people getting married at an older age compared to previous generations. The notion that you have to be tied down by the age of 30 is dead. Many people, especially women, grow up believing their value as a potential wife or husband tanks after their late 20s. They rush into marriages they’re not ready for in order to just have somebody before “their time passes.” High profile engagements and marriages like these should serve as a contradiction to those old school beliefs that are not keeping up with the changes we’re going through as a society.
- She’s a divorcee– Your first marriage failed? So what! No need to curl up in a corner and declare marriage is not for you if you do wish to be married again. You might not meet your prince at first or even second try. And when you do meet your prince or princess, celebrate it and enjoy it as if it was your first!
- She’s a Catholic raised American who is half black– The last time a British royal married an American was in 1936 when King Edward VIII married American Wallis Simpson and abdicated the throne because the relationship caused a royal scandal. Until 2015, British rules did not allow any members of the royal succession to marry Catholics. And Meghan being half black is, well, historical! All of the above show the progress we have made in being more inclusive as a global society.
The royal wedding is set for Spring of 2018. We are anxiously awaiting for all the black faces we should see at the wedding.
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