A Royal Union

Attention those of you who cherish sleep more than you care about whatever the Brits are doing across the pond: Harry and Meghan have wed! Yay!

I see you rolling your eyes LOL! While we may yet still be inundated with ’round the clock post-wedding coverage, the ceremony itself is done. Harry, the son of Prince Charles and the late beloved Princess Diana, is now the newly minted Duke of Sussex. His bride, arguably, the more interesting half of the pair, Rachel Meghan Markle is now the Duchess of Sussex. Now ask me what a Duke and Duchess do and I have nothing but a Kanye shrug for you but thank God for the magic that is google. In searching, I learned that they are hereditary titles. Basically an acknowledgement of their close lineage to the Queen.

So as I said before, Meghan is the more interesting of the pair. Born in Los Angeles, Meghan has been an activist her whole life. At the age of 11, Markle launched a successful campaign to get a company to change a nationally aired commercial that she felt was sexist. Her efforts were profiled on Nick News by Linda Ellerbee (remember that 90’s kids?). She went on to graduate from Northwestern University, serving an internship at the American Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina and spending semester abroad studying in Madrid. But what really makes this woman special are her humanitarian efforts. Her participation in the Clean Water Campaign to provide Rwandans with clean drinking water as Global ambassador for World Vision is one of the reasons Time Magazine declared Markle one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Still Harry’s no slouch himself. Sixth in line of succession to the British throne, Harry underwent officer training in the British Army serving alongside older brother William. He served a total of ten years, including a couple of tours in Afghanistan before leaving the army in 2015. His greatest achievement is the creation of the Invictus Games, an international multi-sport event where sick, wounded and injured armed services personnel compete in sporting events. Much like his new wife, Harry is also quite philanthropic. He jointly founded Sentebale, a charity supporting orphaned children in Southern Africa.

If you didn’t watch live, you like missed the symbolism throughout the ceremony. Meghan’s black American heritage was celebrated throughout, concluding with a rousing rendition of “This Little Light of Mine” and “Amen” as Harry and Meghan greeted the rousing crowds gathered to get a peek at the newlywed royals. Princess Diana’s memory was given observance by her elder sister who also gave Meghan inside information on Harry’s body language, to the amusement of the present guests and all of us who watched live.

It’s clear the world has gained a charitable pairing in the union Harry and Meghan. Here’s hoping that their marriage is filled with the love and generosity they share with the rest of the world.

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