It was the biggest wedding of 2018, and many are calling it the greatest love story of all time. As a hopeless romantic myself, I’ve got to say that I was rather fascinated by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s apparent fairy tale, that on the surface, seemed to hold a lot of promise. Her being a humanitarian and gender equality campaigner, and him being, well, a Prince, provides the perfect recipe for a romance novel, only this time around, paparazzi frenzy, media attention, and a dad who seems to love the spotlight seemed to put a dimmer on what many thought would be a beautiful love affair. After successfully keeping their relationship a secret, when they finally made their relationship known, many people were not shy to voice their opinions. You might even say that these views simply stem from traditionalists who are uncomfortable with change. Either way, one thing is sure, Meghan Markle most certainly didn’t move into the royal family quietly. Something that, in itself, has been linked to Princess Diana – Harry’s mom who according to history books, also did not receive a very warm welcome into this iconic family.
From Drama-Free Fame to Royalty
Prior to becoming a royal, Meghan Markle was known for her role as Rachel Zane in the hit series, Suits. Although she enjoyed many red carpet events and publicity tours, she managed to keep her personal life relatively private, and unlike many Hollywood stars, rarely made headlines. When her relationship with Harry became known, some people hardly knew who she was. Therefore, the media frenzy that enveloped her, leading up to and after her wedding to Prince Harry, was not something that Meghan was well-acquainted with. A fact that may come as a surprise to many.
Birds of a Feather
Before Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, he was no stranger to tabloids – and for all the wrong reasons. When he was 17, he was admitted to a rehab centre after declaring that he had experimented with Marijuana and Alcohol (the legal drinking age in the UK is 18). Flash forward to 27, and Prince Charming once again found himself caught in a media frenzy when naked pictures of him leaked while he was playing strip billiards. As someone who never really had any regard for rules himself, it comes as no surprise that Prince Harry was drawn to a woman who also does not mind breaking the status quo.
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Protocol? What Protocol?
Meghan Markle became the topic of headlines when she presented her wedding dress designer with an award at the British Fashion Awards. Queen Elizabeth is known for her weird rules, and Meghan broke one of them when she painted her nails burgundy for the event. According to many tabloids, the Queen regards any colour other than light pink to be extremely vulgar and definitely not up to royal standards. Then, both Meghan and Harry opted to break royal tradition, which generally sees males not wearing a wedding band. Harry’s brother, father and grandfather followed this tradition; however, Harry opted to break this rule, a move that is said to represent equality in his marriage to Meghan.
Does the Duchess have an Agenda?
While many might say that the Duchess has a hidden agenda, it is clear that both Meghan and Prince Harry do not believe in conforming to societal norms. Her independence and tenacity is said to be one of the reasons why the Prince fell in love with her in the first place, and while her father and the rest of her family might have a lot of negative things to say about her, the proof is in the pudding. And if her work with the UN and her previous lifestyle blog “The Tig” is anything to go by, we have no doubt that Meghan is a sweetheart who simply refuses to let one family dictate who and what she stands for. So, kudos to her!