On Saturday, May 19, 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed in a beautiful, fairy-tale ceremony with hundreds of guests and thousands of viewers nearby. The wedding was nothing short of spectacular with beautiful flower arrangements, soothing music, and a gorgeous bride and groom. Also equally beautiful, was the representation of people of color and the breaking of certain “royal traditions” within their ceremony.
While there are many who had their negative comments, the perfect engagement and marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan is one for the history books. Meghan, an American divorcee, actress and world-renowned philanthropist brought some color to the royal family with her biracial descent.
Breaking With Tradition
To say that Harry and Meghan’s relationship broke tradition is simply an understatement. The Royal family, has for years, been historically and exclusively White; they have been notoriously criticized for being “stuck in the past” with their traditions. In addition to Meghan being of half African American descent, her mother, Doria Ragland raised her as a single parent. Her father being ill during the time of their wedding led to another break of tradition when Harry’s father, Prince Charles, walked his future daughter-in-law down the aisle.
For Black people in America, interracial dating has become increasingly popular and accepted over the recent years. Of course, there are famous interracial marriages like: John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower and Kobe and Vanessa Bryant to name a few, but these high profile relationships often seem incomprehensible to “everyday” people. Even in 2018, the effects of racism exists and often presents itself as a burdensome often deal-ending strain on interracial relationships.
As of this weekend though, we see that a beautiful couple, who happen to be of differing descent, can fall in love and marry with the hope of living happily ever after–and that depiction inspires hope in so many.
By Brittany N. Smith of Bgr8 Blog
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