Saturday’s wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle may have been a celebration of marriage, but it was inescapably a Social Justice festival.
Everything was done to push that message. The ceremony was eaten up with it.
If you were watching, when it came time for the sermon, Chicago born Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry launched into a speech about love. Very quickly it became obvious it wasn’t focused on marriage and love, but brought slavery, poverty and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into it. He worked in the resilience of faith during slavery. Guess that was more important than addressing the young couple’s marriage vows.
Not surprisingly, this same bishop has been outspoken in comparing LGBTQ rights to the civil rights movement as well. Next week he plans to join a march on the White House next week objecting to President Donald Trump’s “America first” stance which he calls “theological heresy.”
We also got gospel/civil rights anthems throughout the service in a nod to Meghan’s racial diversity. They played “Stand by Me,” “This Little Light of Mine” and “Amen.” It all seemed unsuited for a wedding, but the urge to push social justice can’t be stopped.
It’s all fine, but if they were really unprejudiced, wouldn’t her biracial component not even be worth mentioning?
The politically correct couple drove to their evening party in in a silver blue open-top Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, which was originally manufactured in 1968 and now runs on electricity. Another way to show their ecological sympathy. So was the party, hosted by Prince Charles, who insisted that all the food be organic.
At the party the new Duchess of Sussex made a speech, which is usually left to male family members. In it she told everyone she was a feminist. That must have delighted the liberal audience members like George Clooney and his wife and Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah, by the way, spent six hours with Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland, before the wedding. Evidently she was filming for her OWN network. Maybe it was Oprah who gave mom lots of pretty clothes in exchange for the sit down. We’ll certainly hear more about this later. The nose ring Doria wore evidently pre dated the event.
The Duchess also has her own web page, courtesy of the crown. It’s here: https://www.royal.uk/duchess-sussex
On it, it reads,
From a young age, The Duchess had a keen awareness of social issues and actively participated in charitable work. Aged 11 she successfully campaigned for a company to alter their television advert that had used sexist language to sell washing-up liquid. Her Royal Highness also volunteered at a soup kitchen in Skid Row, Los Angeles from the age of 13-17. She continued to volunteer at the soup kitchen when she would return home to Los Angeles until the age of 22.
These early experiences helped to shape her lifelong commitment to causes such as social justice and women’s empowerment.
While filming in Toronto, The Duchess actively volunteered at a Canadian soup kitchen from 2011-2013. She also established the program at her place of work to ensure that leftover meals from the set were donated to local homeless shelters.
One Young World
Her Royal Highness became involved with the organisation One Young World in 2014 when she was asked to become a Counsellor for the charity. One Young World is a global forum that gathers together young leaders in order to develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. She attended panels for One Young World in Dublin, Ireland and Ottawa, Canada.
In 2015, The Duchess became the UN Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership. In this role, she gave a speech on the importance of gender equality on International Women’s Day for UN Women in New York City. Ahead of her appointment to this role, Her Royal Highness spent time at the UN’s New York office to understand the organisation’s day-to-day work before embarking on a learning mission to Rwanda. On this trip The Duchess met female parliamentarian leaders in Kigali and visited Gihembe refugee camp, where women were working on leadership and empowerment at a grassroots level.
I am proud to be a woman and a feminist
It will be interesting to see whether Markle can integrate easily into what she called in her speech “The Firm” or whether she will launch her own campaign pushing social justice. Look for her to do it. She may even take a knee. If the U.S. deserves one, how much more so does Britain with its long history of oppression and colonialism.
But then again, maybe it’s different when you are suddenly thrust into it and enjoying the palaces, jewels, luxury cars and junkets.
Not bad when the same British people pick up your tab.