The Importance of the Royal Wedding

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Alexis Jefferson

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, Prince Harry of Wales and American Actress, Meghan Markle, were married in St.George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. It was a beautiful service, in an enchanting setting, filled with unquestionable love. Though the wedding represented more than this.
When picturing the Royal Family, you might envision, kings, queens, princes, and princesses, all with the same pristine and fair complexion. This changed when Meghan Markle became Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan Markle is a bi-racial woman, her mother is Black and her father is White. Markle is the first Black/bi-racial individual of the 21st century to become a part of the Royal Family and the first American of the 21st century to become a part of the Royal Family.
When it was first announced that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were getting married, there was a mixture of reactions and Markle’s race did not sit well with some, and many racist comments were spewed from the mouths of bigots.
Despite the hate, the wedding went on and was filled with Black-excellence and beauty. The wedding had a Black choir, preacher, and cellist. The choir was “The Kingdom Choir,” the preacher was Michael Curry, and the name of the cellist is Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a 19-year-old from Nottingham, U.K. It is without a doubt, that these Black individuals and ensemble were appointed because of Markle, it was a way of honoring her identity in a setting that “favored” Prince Harry’s.
It was refreshing to see such representation, it was almost unbelievable being that it was THE Royal Wedding, and all I’ve ever seen in European monarchical history are White people. Never were my ancestors given a dignified and noble image, Meghan Markle marrying into the Royal Family is an infiltration of history. Times are changing.
Nevertheless, it was a wedding, but with well-known people, and a wedding is unity between those in love and the ones who stand with them.
The Royal Wedding may have been a huge societal shift but above all, it showed the world the only way to achieve true inclusion, love.
 
Videos of “The Kingdom Choir,” Michael Curry, and Sheku Kanneh-Mason: