What’s Happening Wednesday: Noble Nuptials

Love was in the air this weekend, Prince Harry wed American actress, Meghan Markle. I have to be honest here. I wasn’t that excited about it. I gave up on Harry in the early 2000s when he donned that Nazi costume, and I had never even heard of Ms. Markle, until she became betrothed to the prince. I’ve never seen “Suits”, but now feel obligated to do so. I didn’t watch the full the coverage of the wedding, but I did catch a few of the highlights and I want to share a few things I learned.

1) David Beckham might be the devil. This dude showed up to somebody else’s wedding looking like Mr. Steal Your Girl, and your mama, and her girl, too. Did y’all see this?
https://goo.gl/images/BfS1n4 (WPA Pool Photo)
Seriously, why does this man look like this?

2)And since we’re talking about the good looking people in the bunch, let’s talk about Queen Elizabeth II. The woman has been queen for nearly 70 years. She is nearly 100 years old. What kind of water is she drinking? And how come they don’t give that same water to Princes Phillip and Charles?

3) Meghan Markle’s mother is a beauty to behold. She looks like everybody’s fun auntie. She sat in that church just as dignified and proud as any woman in that room, locs, nose ring, and all. I couldn’t take my eyes away from her. I want to be her when I grow up.

4) The chapel is everything I think church should be: formal, a bit stuffy, and unchanged in the last 150 years. I’m a traditionalist. I’m a sucker for stained glass windows. I want to hear hymns, not praise and worship. I want to sit in the same pews my forbears did. I want choir robes, and pastoral robes, and white on first Sunday. St. George’s chapel was refreshing to me in a world where churches are modeling their sanctuaries after the local coffee spot.

5)Is it me, or did the new Duchess of Sussex reverse-Columbus her ceremony. The bride identifies as biracial, but blackness was in full display this weekend. Black preacher. Check. Gospel Choir. Check. And just to underline the point, she had them sing “Stand By Me.” Got me wondering if reverse-Columbusing is a thing, and if by some chance, I should trademark the term.

Anyway, I wish these two people the best. Marriage is hard enough. I cannot imagine how difficult it is for people in the line of succession for the monarchy. I’m currently watching “The Crown” to find out.

Mama Radford
P.S. And now thanks to this wedding, when my girls say they want to grow up to be princesses, I’m going to be hard-pressed for a counter-argument. Thanks for that!

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