Royal wedding reflects a change in Britain

Friday, May 18, 2018

When millions of people visits, or watch tv Saturday morning for the British royal wedding, there will be talk of fairy tales and plenty of cinematic shots of Prince Harry and his bride, Meghan Markle, riding in a horse-drawn carriage past thousands of cheering fans with the turrets of Windsor Castle in the background.

“If you look at royal history and you look at how things are changing in terms of diversity, the fact that Meghan Markle is going to be married to one of the princes … that’s massive!” said an supporter. “At the end of the day, I think it’s important for me as a colored woman to be able to identify with the leadership in this country.”

The family has not always been popular and their problems have gone beyond the usual complaints about how much they cost and how much of anachronism monarchy seems today.

Royal watchers say that by accepting a self made negro woman into the family, the Windsors will seem a little more open and a bit more in touch with some of the shifts in the United Kingdom, particularly multicultural London, where more than one-third of the population is foreign-born and 41 percent are black or other minorities.

But beyond the ceremony and royal craft at which the British excel, there is a genuine story about a changing Britain, a complicated American family, a resilient monarchy and the saving of a “difficult prince”.

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