#RoyalWedding: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Are Married!
If you missed the royal wedding, you missed a healthy dose of melanin and African-American flavor.
The fairytale romance that captivated the world came to a culmination, when the prince who grew up in front of our eyes, married the American Hollywood princess into the monarchy.
In a bold statement of symbolism, love, inclusion and happiness, Meghan Markle became the first American to be married into the royal family in 80+ years. Meghans’ background set a new precedent in the royal family: a mixed-race divorced older woman, who identifies as black. Not long ago this wedding would not have happened. But this is a reminder of how the Queen is changing with the times, as well as how the Monarchy has progressed over the years--for the better.
Meghan Markle is being hailed as Britain's first black royal in 257 years (the first Princess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz), daughter of a black mother and white father. And so on Princess Charlotte birthday, Meghan Markle brought unapologetically black culture, Baptist preaching, and gospel music to the royal family. The wedding was a powerful antidote for the stress and strife we’re currently living in. Bishop Michael Curry quotes Martin Luther King Jr. in a moving #royalwedding sermon, that brought the feel of Baptist into the English Anglican church. Karen Gibson and the Kingdom choir did a beautiful rendition of ‘Stand By Me’; and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a 19 year old black cellist played us some beautiful notes.
She is a modern-day American-princess, who reminded the world of her independence as she walked herself halfway up the aisle, before her father-in-law (Prince Charles of Whales) walked her to the waiting groom.
The dress was one of the most classical, designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller by Givenchy. The exquisite 16 foot train veil represented the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country, as per the bride’s request. Meghan wore Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, that was made in 1932.
This wedding was the people’s celebration. With no heads-of-state present, the wedding was celebrity heavy. In attendance were Oprah Winfrey, Elton John, Serena Williams, Amal and George Clooney, Idris Elba, Victoria and David Beckham, Meghan’s ‘Suits’ co-stars, and the late Princess Diana’s siblings.
The newlyweds will have the title of Duke and Duchess of Sussex, conferred upon them by the Queen. This title is one that is being revived, as it has been vacant for a couple hundred years. Harry is also now the Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel, while Ms. Markle will also be known as Her Royal Highness.
Congratulations to Harry and Meghan the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!