Today, Meghan Markle will descend down the aisle of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle draped in a dress worth hundreds of thousands of dollars towards a man worth more.
Millions of eyes crossing continents and communities will watch on, the union of the actress and the world’s most eligible bachelor the kind of opulent romance that easily distracts from a world where death, destruction and Donald Trump demand headlines.
This is a fairytale, we will be told, among musings of love and marriages and grandeur. And while love is sweet and weddings fun, Meghan Markle’s grand entrance into the chapel on Saturday morning London time will mark the end of a week punctuated by a series of nightmares.
Because what easily could have been the best week, or last few months, of Meghan Markle’s life may have just been the most bruising.
On Friday last week, The Washington Post published a profile on gossip queen Elaine Lui, founder of Lainey Gossip. The piece opens with what’s painted as an inconsequential anecdote: Lui is in an Uber across downtown Toronto and her phone beeps.
Jessica M. Goldstein writes:
Some grimy website has obtained naked pictures of Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s bride-to-be.
“None of the British tabloids will run with it,” Lui predicts and is later to be proven correct. To this point, she scrolls through her phone and pulls up racy photos of Meghan and Harry — making out and splashing around on private beach property — that never saw the light of the Sun.
And then, well, the piece moved right along, as if the Markle anecdote was nothing but a juicy hunk of gossip – a fun fact, if you will – of little consequence.
Somewhere across the deep sea of tabloid news sat a different set of news reports centring on Markle’s ex-husband Trevor Engelson.
In December, it was widely reported that Engelson was working on a Fox show about a man whose wife leaves him for a British prince.