Prince Harry Engaged to Meghan Markle
American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement on Monday after months of speculation. They confirmed their wedding would take place at Windsor Castle in May next year.
Monday afternoon, the couple made their first public appearance as an engaged couple at Kensington Palace gardens, where Harry told reporters he knew that she was “the one” from “the very first time we met.”
Although it is exciting that the world will see another royal wedding next year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement is a symbol of tolerance and acceptance—a narrative that rebukes the current anti-immigration, a conservative wave sweeping throughout the EU.
The Daily Telegraph, a conservative newspaper in the U.K., published on the day of their announcement: “A divorced, mixed-race, Hollywood actress who attended a Roman Catholic school is to marry the son of the next king…Such a sentence could simply not have been written a generation ago.”
Media outlets in the U.K. commented that Markle’s engagement and entrance into the British Royal Family – a family well known to shun “commoners” such as Catholics, divorced people, and non-whites – is a step towards tolerance and acceptance.
Conversely, in an article published by the New York Times, commenters argued that her engagement will do “little to diminish structural racism across Britain.” Patrick Kinsley, a columnist for The Independent, stated that although Markle plans to obtain her British citizenship after their wedding, the transition to Britain is far easier for her than for non-white British immigrants who bring a non-EEA spouse.
The news of their engagement has prompted hopes of racial equality and tolerance, as well as an extra day off on the day of their nuptials. For now, their wedding date is still to be determined, but the couple stated that they would live in Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace after the wedding.