Every now and then, the displaced dinosaur that is monarchy really comes through for the news cycle. Like today, when Prince Harry and former Suits cast member Meghan Markle announced their engagement, which is quite literally the stuff of Hallmark movies.
This is the happiest I’ve ever been for two people I’ve never met.
After an announcement this morning from Clarence House, which handles news related to the young royals, the pair briefly appeared before the press at Kensington Palace for photographs. The Guardian reported in its livestream:
Assembled reporters shouted questions at the couple. Asked how he proposed, Harry replied: “That will come later.”
Was it romantic? another reporter asked.
“Of course it was,” Harry said.
He said he was “thrilled” to be engaged, while Meghan said she was “very happy”.
More details presumably forthcoming in a BBC interview scheduled for tonight, 6pm London time. The wedding will be sometime in spring 2018, which makes me wonder whether it’ll be smaller scale or if that’s just how much time it takes to plan a wedding when you have never had to wait in line for anything in your life and you never will.
A few things, here. First of all, the Obamas are definitely going to attend, as will Serena Williams. The Guardian says that Donald Trump probably won’t. Also Meghan publicly called him “misogynistic” when he was still a presidential candidate, so any state visit is really shaping up to be a true circus of awkwardness. (Which is great, because the last thing Trump deserves or needs is uncomplicated enjoyment of the trappings of royalty.) Also, here is the official comment from the democratic organization, Republic, which is dedicated to finally showing these people the door:
Congrats also to the press team at Suits, who should send Meghan Markle the biggest floral arrangement available in London.
I cannot wait to buy some truly bonkers souvenirs on Ebay.