(Source: Pinterest. GO MEGHAN!!)
Hey guys! I hope your holiday was well. Mine was good. I ate well, worked over the weekend, caught a little stomach bug, had an existential crisis, found out that there will be another princess….
As you very well know, if you’ve been following this blog, I do try as hard as possible to avoid celebrity news. However this was unavoidable and I’m ok with it; I’ll tell you why:
(Source: Pinterest, photo by Howell Corant 1955.)
This was MY princess for most of my life. No, I’m not from Monaco. I’m from the United States of America. I was born in Washington D.C. but my parents didn’t stay too long after my birth. We moved to my mom’s birthplace where my great-grandmother (whom I lovingly called Nana) lived: Wilmington, DE. This is where I stayed for the better part of my life and the closest major city to me, Philadelphia, is only a short drive away. The significance of this, is that Princess Grace was born and raised in Philadelphia. Clearly it’s a big thing here, but most importantly for me, it’s the fact that someone from my area became a princess. (Though I know being born into a wealthy family, and an Oscar winning actress probably helped.)
I now have a new princess (I know that wouldn’t be her official title, but bear with me I’m from a republic) and this one makes me happy for so many reasons. 1) Like myself, she is interracial. Just like I got excited for seeing and voting someone like myself to be president; I’m so happy to see royalty like myself too. 2) This is not any sort of a forced or rushed relationship. You can see that they are clearly in love. 3) Their relationship wouldn’t have worked 10, 20, 30 years ago because of her prior marriage, country of origin, and even race! The general public is scandalized now, but they would have called for her head a decade ago. I’m so happy of the progression of the general public, and their acknowledgement that love is love. 4) Let’s talk about the interview that they filmed today and the points that stood out to me, that I had wished for in my own relationship:
• One of the things that Princess Meghan (yes, it’s Princess Meghan now dammit!) said that I love and should be the standard across the board: when talking about how she was set up on a date with Prince Harry, her question was “But is he nice? Because if he isn’t, this won’t work.” Obviously this should be applied to everyone you meet in general, but I have noticed (and committed this crime in the past) of people getting caught up in the status of another person whether they are famous or not. It’s the problem I had with the guy who broke my heart, I got too wrapped up in how he appeared to the outside world to really pay attention to who he was as a person. I’m never doing that again.
•They constantly acknowledged themselves as a team. She knows what she is getting into as far as being married into the royal family. More so than that, they said this is going to be a process they are going to have to work together on and take it one day at a time. It’s not just the fame or the royal status, but their marriage, and possibly a family too. Teamwork and choosing each other every day is what will keep them together happily.
•They did quiet dates out of the public eye and spent more time at home. God bless them. Not saying that going out isn’t fun every once in a while, but it can be exhausting even for non-famous people like myself. It’s awkward to get to know someone and have deep conversations when you have people sitting at a table next to you possibly being nosy. They said that quiet time was a blessing as they really got to know each other. Plus I’m sure the food was better, you can drink as much as you want without driving home, and they probably saved a lot of money. (Not saying they have to worry about that.)
•As I said before, they genuinely loved each other and you could see it. No one was in a rush to get married even though it happened quickly. Since they took more time to get to know each other, their love occurred more organically. Also, Prince Harry knew she was the one the moment he first met her. When it’s right you just know.
Since I have no one, not even a crush, I’m going to live vicariously through Princess Meghan. Especially since they made goals for themselves that I wanted for myself if I ever got married. I wish them the best and I will be live-streaming this wedding.