Last week, there was an engagement.
Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry, 33, was officially engaged to actress and humanitarian, 36-year-old Meghan Markle.
The story – as was expected – has dominated the news cycle ever since. There was the proposal, where Prince Harry got down on one knee in their cosy cottage, while a chicken roasted in the oven. Then there were the first pictures of the engagement ring. Then the rule they broke during the photo shoot. Then the details of the wedding, set for Spring next year. Then the conspiracy theory behind why they’re marrying so soon. Then the images of Markle in a wedding dress. The list goes on.
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And it is not difficult to see why.
The world watched on as a 12-year-old Harry stood at his mother’s funeral, gazing at nothing in particular, his expression a mixture of confusion and devastation. We warmed to her two sons, born into a royal family they would never be able to escape.
Markle, divorced, biracial, American, a feminist, an actress, is the anti-Princess; everything a royal should not be.
By all accounts, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are decent people. And are they not just celebrities – rich, beautiful and powerful, constituents of a class we have always harboured a unique fascination for?
Simply, no. No they are not.
And it must be said, that when we excitedly speculate about the venue, or the guests, or the best man, we are entirely missing the point.