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The New Face of Royalty

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding took place on May 19, in the United Kingdom. This union was a sign of change for the royal family due to factors like Markle’s nationality, race and former marital status, which contrast from past royals. The couple, however, has been praised for choosing love over image.

I believe it’s a good thing that royal families are embracing their modern views and are questioning the norms that their ancestors followed because it will allow them to understand the changing society of today.

Throughout history, royals have typically married other aristocrats. Marriage was a way of gaining power rather than finding love. For example, in 1936, King Edward VIII proposed to American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. Many were against this marriage, primarily because the king was seen as the head of the Church of England, who forbid marriage to a divorcee whose former spouse was still alive at that time. As result, King Edward VIII gave up his title to marry her. Prince Harry, however, won’t have to worry about giving up his title to marry his fiancée, because of the General Synod made in 2002.

Royals today are steering away from the traditional practice of marrying for power and are marrying who they want. In 2011, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, married Kate Middleton, a commoner, whom he met and started a relationship with at the University of St. Andrews. This wedding seemed like one from a fairy tale, because it was so different from other royal weddings. Middleton came from a humble upbringing and held no aristocratic title before marrying Prince William. She had to learn how to be a royal and what the title entails. She has truly worked hard and earned that title with all of the work she has done to better improve the country with the charities she’s involved in like The Art Room and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. Charity work was something that Prince William’s late mother Princess Diana was very passionate about. Princess Kate proves that you don’t need a birth title to be royalty.

Markle’s life prior to her marriage to Prince Harry was starkly different from any other royal we have seen. The actress was born in Canada to a white father and a black mother, making her one of the only biracial royals. This is a huge game changer for the primarily white royal family of England. It seems that her presence will bring more diversity to one of the most influential families of the world and further goes to show how the times are changing. I believe the new Duchess will bring a new sense of hope for Great Britain like Barack Obama did for the United States when he became the first African American president. Her race, however, isn’t the only factor that makes her different from past royals.

Before she started dating Prince Harry, she was in the spotlight for her acting career and role on the TV show Suits. She also has her own lifestyle blog and is a activist for women’s rights. Markle also worked with the UN and World Vision Clean Water Campaign. The actress’s unique career choice doesn’t mean she isn’t fit for this position. In fact, she isn’t the only royal to have worked in the entertainment industry. Markle has been compared to Grace Kelly, the former Princess of Monaco, who was a movie actress prior to becoming a princess. Her unique background, however, has prepared her for the pressures that come with being in the public eye, and her philanthropic experience has prepared her for the large amounts of charity work that the royals participate in and proves that she has the compassion expected from a leader.

 

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Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

My name is Riley Sims and I’m one of the Editor-in-Chiefs of the Raider Echo. I’m a junior and this is my second year on the staff. I love traveling...

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