Last week, the royal family announced that one of their own, Meghan Markle, would be married to Prince Harry in May. The couple has been together since they met through a mutual friend at the London nightclub Bungalow 8 in the summer of 2016. From there, the two began to spend some time together, attending charity events and perhaps even holding hands at the soccer match of Harry’s former and still beloved team, the England Soccer Team.
And while the pair, whom other names like Charles Spencer have dubbed “the Bard for the 21st century,” may seem destined for greatness, they’ve still had to deal with some boorishness along the way. The wedding, which will take place at Windsor Castle, was originally scheduled for May 19, but it was moved to April because Windsor, which is only 30 miles west of London, received a snowstorm. While a walk down the aisle might be as easy as saying hello, it’s not that simple. Harry has to offer a toast, and don’t be surprised if his buddy Sam Smith — or any singing celebs that Harry would like to impress with his romance — also performs. In addition, the BBC will broadcast the ceremony live, which allows the network to draw some of its resources from the UK, where the royal family has less of a say in its coverage. Markle’s sister, Samantha Markle, a publicist who worked at the now-defunct National Enquirer tabloid, has threatened to boycott the wedding if her father, Thomas Markle, is asked to walk his daughter down the aisle. She has also made statements via social media suggesting that, while Markle may share some of her family’s genes, she doesn’t share the same wits.
Thomas Markle, who lives in Mexico, was recently rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart attack, and what some have called an ill-timed and perhaps ill-gotten photo opportunity for the photographer Tyler Shields. Even some royal family members don’t seem to like the idea of Meghan Markle, a divorcee who is half black, marrying into the Royal Family. While her parents, Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle Sr., had lived in Hollywood, they left when she was young and moved to D.C. To them, Meghan was not the princess-to-be they had dreamed of. Thomas Sr. said that he would be keeping his distance from the wedding, and while many members of his family aren’t happy with the move to Windsor, other members of the Royal Family seem thrilled. “If he’s seeing it that way and they’re hoping that he’s comfortable, I think everybody should be at least happy that the marriage has taken place,” Sophie Wessex, Harry’s cousin, said. “I’m sure the rest of the family will be watching it as well.”
No one, of course, seems happier about the wedding than Meghan, who said as much in her official engagement interview, telling the Associated Press, “The thought of starting a family with Harry fills me with so much joy.” It’s not that everyone is jumping to conclusions, by the way. Not everyone in the UK has been given to dismissing Markle entirely as a Hasidic influence on the Royal Family. There has been a noticeable uptick in social media posts about Meghan, painting her as the welcoming face of the monarchy, a woman with a bright smile and a multicultural background. And as has been pointed out by many onlookers, if Markle’s engagement ceremony goes off without a hitch, the Royal Family may actually have some high hopes for her.
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