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A Princess Story: Meghan & Harry Tie The Knot

By Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze, Editor-In-Chief

“There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalize. There is power, power in love. Love can help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.” — The Most Rev Michael Curry, primate of the American Episcopal Church.

“This marriage will change the world.” — An unnamed young woman as she watched the service in Los Angeles.

“Do we kiss?” — Meghan Markle, the new Duchess of Sussex

“Yeah.” — Prince Harry’s reply to his new wife’s question.

Love can be an unpredictable thing. Love finds its way into the most unsuspecting of hearts. Love has broken century-old traditions as seen in the case of the royal family. Love melted their aristocratic hearts to accept a mixed-race African-American actress and divorcee, Meghan Markle, to become the first Duchess of Sussex. We waited for the unfolding of history, for a day that would unfold the unlikeliest of events. Saturday, May 19, 2018, will forever be remembered as the day a modern princess story unfolded before our eyes—Meghan & Prince Harry Tie the Knot at the St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Absolutely nothing we imagined could have prepared us for the glamour and star-studded attendance that heralded the day. It was as lavish as it was innocent, the couple staring and smiling at each other with the enthusiasm of five-year-old(s) melted even the most cynical of hearts. However, we could see the sincerity in their hearts as they tied the nuptial bond and became husband and wife. Millions of people—29 million in the United States alone—tuned in all over the world to see the royal wedding happen. This was an epic day that will forever be branded on the hearts of all across the globe. The two lovebirds, who seemed oblivious to those avidly mopping up their every move.

Who Was There?

Source: St. George Chapel at Windsor Castle (Photo by Worakit Sirijinda).

Hollywood blocked out its calendar for this one! Rarely do you find its A-listers attending the matrimony of one of their own in this number; even if you did see such, never would it have been at a Royal wedding until the day of this wedding at the St. George Chapel at Windsor Castle. However, they made out the time in droves to grace the royal occasion on this day. This display of love from Merkel’s family, friends, colleagues, and well-wishers showed that even Hollywood signed off on this love, so much that even the industry veterans and lead actors had to take supporting roles on this one. This article won’t be complete if I don’t mention a few of the celebrity guests who were in attendance.

Oprah Winfrey, my Oprah, your Oprah, the world’s Oprah, came slaying in a pink suit and we probably won’t have forgiven anyone else for rocking the same outfit. She elegantly graced the occasion with her presence. George Clooney and his wife, Amal, like Oprah, also arrived early for the event, with Amal’s dress setting social media on fire—dazzling and amazing I must say. The other celebrity whose arrival caused a stir on social media because of their smart looks was David Beckham, who came in the company of his fashion mogul wife, Victoria Beckham. The chronicle of media and the global leadership elite stunners present was remarkable. Meghan and Prince Harry’s Guest Book must be one in a million.

I don’t think that the wedding guest list would have been complete if Elton John was not there. Elton, who is a much-loved friend of the Royal family, was also in attendance and performing “Candle in the Wind” at the wedding reception at the request of Prince Harry. Serena Williams, a new mum at the time, wowed everyone in her elegant pink ensemble that was artfully draped around her athletic figure as she joined other A-list guests in the arms of her dashing husband, Alexis Ohanian.

Then came the cast of Suits! It was like the first season of Suits all over again. Trust me, it is taking quite a lot of restraints for me not to call them by their character names. Patrick J. Adams—Meghan’s on-screen partner in the series—came in the company of his wife, Torian Bellisario. Gabriel Macht, Gina Torres, Rick Hoffman, and Sarah Rafferty all came with their partners. It was like a reunion, or let’s say, a homecoming; considering that a bunch of these celebrities already left the series.

Who Missed Out?

Sadly, some celebrities couldn’t make it to the royal wedding and missed out on all the pomp. We wouldn’t need to talk about Rihanna who already jokingly asked in an interview if she was invited to the wedding. There are no surprises there. However, we were surprised that former president, Barack Obama, and his wife, Michelle, couldn’t make it to the wedding. One would be forgiven for thinking they would lead the delegation of guests even, considering their relationship with the couple, especially Meghan.

In preparation for the grand Royal Wedding, there were rumors as to the possibility of Ed Sheeran performing at the event. Sadly enough, we did not see Ed at the occasion, wearing a tuxedo or carrying a guitar. Another slight surprise. Also, Donald Trump was unable to make it to the Royal Wedding because of pressing presidential duties likewise many other politicians. However, I don’t think if he wanted to be there that it would have been possible―I presume that he was not invited.

The highlight for me was the Cello solo performance by the 19-year-old musician, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and The Kingdom Choir performance of “Stand by Me” with Karen Gibson at the West End of the St. George Chapel! Wow! The singing was out of this world! This wedding and all its entrails is the stuff of fairytales. This wedding is one of the Royal Weddings that would remain in the memories of those who attended and those who didn’t. It was perfect like that.

Source: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) [1]

What are my takeaways from the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry? First, I am really marveled at the beauty of the royal family accepting a mixed-race African-American actress and divorcee, Meghan Markle, to become the first Duchess of Sussex. The merit of this acceptance should be what the world should emulate. Diversity is a beautiful thing. Tolerance is a heavenly thing. We need to accept each other in love―despite color, regardless of creed, and notwithstanding gender. Enough of the hate mongering and race-baiting. Let us stand by each other in love. As we saw this historic union, let us emulate their example and begin to live in unity accepting each other in love.

The colossal mountain of hatred, intolerance, and race-baiting needs to crumble into the sea of communal healing. We breathe the same oxygen. We all draw the same breath that keeps us all alive. Do you see the oxygen that you breathe? No. Yet all races breathe the same life-giving source. Oxygen is a gift to all, and we share it to stay alive. Our life is a gift, let us share ourselves despite our differences. We may all be different, but we need to be blind to the factors that differentiate us and be cognizant to the similarities that define us as humans. Let us walk in unity freely. Let us shun hate. Let us embrace love and diversity and spread its message everywhere.

Finally, my earnest hope and wish are to see the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry change our perspective on how we perceive and accept each other as human beings. Hating ourselves is an investment in nothing; accepting ourselves, despite our differences, is an investment in hope. Long live the Duke and Duchess of Sussex―wishing them every success, happiness, health, wealth, and fruitfulness.

References

1. British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC]. (2018, May 19). ‘Stand by Me’ performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir – The Royal Wedding – BBC
Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyFlLjdNqk8

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