A Royal Marriage Truly Worth Celebrating

A Royal Marriage Truly Worth Celebrating

Like many Americans who have lived and spent time in the UK, I have never been able to relate to the reverence or the relevance of the royal family.   It has been even tougher to understand how people in such distant lands (such as parts of Canada and New Zealand) can treat a family so distant – in every sense of the word – as more divine than they.

Everything that I have read and seen about the royals (from documentaries to The Crown on Netflix) furthers the pervasive American belief (and French and German belief) that a family is not to be celebrated in this way.

Yet, as I look at Prince William and perhaps particularly at Prince Harry, there clearly are two things that are worth celebrating.

The first is that a child – or children – can be so heavily and so positively influenced by the life and memory of a parent who they never really got to know.   Prince Harry had not even turned 13 when Princess Diana was killed in Paris in 1997.

The second is quite simply that this generation of nobility in their 30s can actually stand for so much good, especially during a time when others who are born into wealth can act so recklessly and selfishly (think of the Trump children).

I don’t know if I’ll wake up early tomorrow to watch the celebrations as Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry in Windsor but there really is something to celebrate here.a


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