Prince Harry Breaks Protocol in Engagement to American Divorcee Meghan Markle

Juliet Watstein, Associate Editor

The Clarence House published a tweet on Twitter announcing Prince Harry’s engagement on Monday, November 27, 2017. The announcement was made by Charles, Prince of Wales, stating that the wedding of his son Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will take place in Spring 2018. They will be living in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace and getting married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Meghan Markle is an American actress who is known for her appearance on the show Suits as Rachel Zane. The 36-year-old is a true humanitarian and has traveled to Rwanda to see local schools get clean water from the global relief charity she is a part of. However, she will be stepping back from her role as Ambassador of World Vision Canada to move on to her next stage in life.

There have been several controversies on the topic of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle’s engagement because she has been divorced once. Theories proclaimed that Queen Elizabeth would be against the marriage at the Church of England because she’s part Jewish, a divorcee, and biracial. Meghan Markle’s mother is African-American while her father is Dutch-Irish. The family has struggled from racial abuse from when she was younger. She once said, “Both my parents came from little, so they made a choice to give a lot.”

The Queen has accepted the marriage and a spokesman from the Church of England says that it won’t prevent her from having an ‘interfaith’ marriage at St. George’s Chapel. The royal family will pay for the entire cost of the wedding. Queen Elizabeth has been queen of England for 64 years and is 91 years old. As soon as Prince Harry and Ms. Markle marry, she will receive the royal title of “Duchess of Sussex.” The dukedom of Sussex has not been filled since 1843, so it is expected that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take this title.

Prince Harry has designed the engagement ring for Meghan himself, highlighting a cushion diamond from Botswana and two outside stones that were once Princess Diana’s.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have broken many royal traditions in the past few weeks. The two are possibly getting married in May 2018 on a weekend, which is unheard of in royal history. Meghan’s mixed-race American heritage would never have been accepted 50 years ago or in the historic royal days because there were several strict rules the royal family had to obey; but, they are more relaxed in the present day. In addition, Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, came from royal lineage and Ms. Markle entered British public life through Prince Harry. In comparison, this shows how the royal family has moved with time throughout many generations.