Dec 12, 2022

What’s in it for Harry and Meghan?

Here’s my view – for what it’s worth.

I remember well the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018. At the time I lived just outside Windsor where the wedding took place. My then wife and I drove into Windsor the night before, proceeding slowly through the town so we could take in all the sights. The next day we stayed home and watched the actual ceremony on TV, on the basis that we would see the whole event as it happened, rather than just one small part of it from deep within the crowd.

Watching the ceremony, I remember being very impressed with the quiet dignity of Meghan’s mother, as well as the touching moment when Harry’s father Charles walked Meghan down the aisle, as her own father couldn’t be there. I was pleased that as a nation, we were so ready to accept an American actress into our Royal Family. Our very own Grace Kelly!

Part of me had a small concern that Meghan might not fit in, but I thought that after the Diana experience, the Royal Family would be mindful to make sure it wouldn’t happen again. Rather naively, I thought they would have learned from past mistakes, and Meghan would be welcomed and supported.

How wrong I was!