Royal Wedding, An American Duchess of Sussex
screen capture from NBC on Twitter

Speculation leading up to the big day focused on whether the couple would invite Donald Trump, or his predecessor, Barack Obama. In the event, neither US president made the list, nor did the British prime minister, Theresa May. But the lack of heads of state meant an abundance of Hollywood and colour, with a cast that reads like a who’s who of modern celebrity. Taking centre stage on Saturday were … [Guardian]

THE ROYAL WEDDING was like no other.

Heads of state were not invited.

Worldwide charities were a major contingent.

Meghan Markle crowned the week when she asked Prince Charles to walk her down the aisle, which came after family drama on her side.

One little boy and his mum… Invited on BBC America to talk about their charity that helps families whose children face cancer. Their invite to the Royal Wedding sent the little boy into screams, a home video showed.

Hollywood was represented by Amal Clooney and her husband. Oprah, Idris Elba, Serena Williams…the cast of “Suits”…and Priyanka Chopra made another statement.

The New York Times had a headline this week blaring there is “looming impact” ahead because of Meghan Markle. As a bi-racial American actor who has been divorced, Ms. Markle as change agent is pretty much in Great Britain’s face, and everyone in the world seems to love it.

“Throughout history in Britain, America, and elsewhere, black and biracial women have been systematically excluded from opportunities for social and economic upward mobility.” [The Daily Beast]

Ignore the racists (and anti-Monarchists). As for the former, Prince Harry’s statement in 2016 drew a line. It came in a Statement by the Communications Secretary of Prince Harry.

…But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments. Some of it has been hidden from the public – the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.

Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it is her life and his.

The late Princess Diana and how she died is never far from her sons’ minds.

Prince Harry was promised to be named the Duke of Sussex but only if he married. Evidently the Queen, who is frail, was worried he wouldn’t find someone soon enough for her to be part of his marriage.

Now the Duke of Sussex, Harry is the first to hold that title since 1783.

But who cares?

It’s always about the dress. Haute couture designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, who is the first woman to head this famed fashion house.

The love story we’ve been watching for months is a renewal, and a reminder.

Sometimes love does conquer all.

UPDATE: The first tweet is everything…I still cannot get over Meghan’s Stella McCartney gown. The Royal photos after the wedding just dropped on Twitter from Kensington Palace. They’re amazing.