I’ve already told my friends that if and when Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle, we should all be outside Westminster Abbey and put on our best African outfit.
We Made It!
I say ‘we’ because even though she’s mixed race, the world still looks at her as black.
You only have to look at the comments under online articles about the couple and on social media to realize that.
Never in a million years did I think someone in the royal family would be romantically involved with someone whose skin is a darker hue than theirs.
It speaks volumes about how society is changing, albeit slowly. But it’s definitely changing.
The black community could be on the brink of having a quasi-representative among the royals.
We first saw something like this when Emma McQuiston, who is half-English and half-Nigerian, became Lady Weymouth.
Tatler’s front page said ‘At last!’ upon her engagement with her now-husband Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount of Weymouth.
I am waiting to breathe the same sigh of relief with ‘Haghan’.
Prince Harry marrying Meghan Markle shouldn’t make a difference to anyone but it does.
Picture the optics of the wedding.
Meghan Markle’s black rasta-haired mum walking side-by-side with Prince Charles down the center aisle of the Abbey.
Just thinking about it makes me giddy with excitement.
It’s almost poetic how the descendant of an African slave might marry into a family whose ancestors financially benefited from the slave trade.
It means love has defied the odds.
Love has told the ‘establishment’ to move out of the way.
Love has transcended race in the most traditional institution in Britain.
So what does this potential marriage mean on a day-to-day basis for the black community in Britain?
Maybe not much.
But it sends shockwaves through the camps of those who think it best to keep black people in their place.
I bet they can scarcely believe it’s even happening.
A mixed-race, 36-year-old American divorcee could be Prince Harry’s wife and therefore a princess. It sounds like a comedy sketch. But this is real life.
It’s nice to see the royal family moving with the times (a bit).
It means that black people can raise their head even higher that day because we’ve broken through another tough glass ceiling.
It’s not that I believe royal or marital ambition is the only thing that black women should be aiming for.
Not at all.
But it’s recognition that, actually, we can be in places and positions that people don’t seem right for us – and, while we’re at it, we’ll slay doing it.
Meghan Markle will show that black people can ‘do posh’.
That we can be elegant, intelligent, charming and, most importantly, be able to integrate, form part of the wonderful fabric of Britain and be able to represent this great country abroad.
She’ll show we’re not all gun-toting criminals as the media will have us portrayed.
Like it or lump it, for centuries the royal family has often set the tone and mood of the country during various seasons, crises and eras.
Many people have looked up to them and still do.
They often lead the way on how to behave and these days, as we’ve seen with the young royals, and which causes we should pay attention to.
So, with Prince Harry potentially marrying a woman of color, this could break the ice for many people who, behind closed doors, don’t agree with interracial relationships.
Because if it’s good enough for a prince, well, it should be good enough for anyone.
Source Metro UK