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Is the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the End of British Conservatism?


British culture as we know it today is one founded on conservatism and ‘correctness’, something the rest of the world would define as somewhat stuffy and prudish. None is more about conservatism than the royal family.

The world has watched the royal family divest itself from its puritanical way of life, to become more flexible and embrace the changes in the world. A more obvious sign of this flexibility is the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and next in line to become king of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms to a lowly and somewhat ordinary woman, Kate Middleton.

The old British ways would expect the Duke be married to a woman more suitable in ranks of aristocracy, however Prince William and his bride, Kate Middleton are happily married and are blessed with three beautiful children.

Another move that is significant and directly challenges British conservatism, is the fact Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and sixth in line to the succession of the British throne, is getting married to a bi-racial American woman, Meghan Markle.

A reason this royal wedding challenges British conservatism and ‘correctness’ is the fact Meghan Markle is not just an American, but is of African-American descent. Furthermore she is an actress and a divorcée. She was once married to her producer husband, Trevor Engelson.

The union between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is historic as she will be the first member of the royal family with African roots. Clearly British royalty will become changed forever, if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have children. As their descendants will not just be British royalty but African-American as well.

Furthermore the wedding ceremony in itself is anything but correct, as Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, will not be walking her down the aisle as his failing health will make him unavoidably absent at his daughter’s wedding.

Rather the bride to be would walk herself down the aisle and her Father in-law, Prince Charles would meet her half way.

Leaving us asking a rather pertinent question, is this the end of British conservatism?

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