If you’ve been following Nu Bride for a while you will have noticed that I don’t write about celeb weddings, I prefer to show the real deal.
UNLESS of course we are making history and significant progress with race equality and acceptance of interracial marriage in the UK and celebrating the engagement of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, who have just announced that they are set to marry in 2018. Hurrah!
Society is evolving and the fact that interracial marriage is being openly reflected (and I say openly because historically we have had some difficulty accepting our colourful heritage in the monarchy: “We are as unwilling to embrace the ethnic heritage of the royal family as we are to investigate their centuries-old links with the slave trade” – Afua Hirsch The Guardian), is a powerful, powerful message of hope!
Millennial couples are paving the way in the UK wedding industry, they are shaking this patriarchal industry up! And perhaps more relevant to this news, they are more multi-cultural and integrated than any other generation before, which goes some way to explain why mixed race couples have been consistently billed as the fastest growing ethnic minority in the UK and I am proud to have a blog that showcases, celebrates and truly reflects this.
It’s hard to believe mixed couples are making strident waves, given the history our country was built upon – colonialism, slave transporting and trading, one race being more superior to another, segregation and even repatriation – yes indeed… The British government attempted to dismantle growing race relations in the UK in 1919 to try to address what was for decades, seen as a problematic. They tried to address the increase in inter-racial relationships and mixed race children being born; by issuing a repatriation drive sending people of colour “back to their country”.
Couples could not date outside of their race freely, couples who dared to, were stoned and in worst cases killed for daring to show their love for each other in public. Notwithstanding in America, just 50 years ago – it was illegal to marry a person outside of your own race. We can’t forget in some communities, this vilification still exists from family, friends and strangers for many inter-racial couples – including some who have shared their experiences on Nu Bride – This is a reminder that we do not all have the same privileges when it comes to love. We do not all have the choice to date and marry the person we love freely. Sobering thought isn’t it and a reminder of where this country has come from and where some mindsets still remain.
BUT the powerful meaning and the strident steps forward to accepting each other as equals cannot be ignored by the symbolic Royal engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle. It’s no secret, Meghan and Harry have already been the target of racist jibes in the press and on social media that I am sure that will have contributed to solidifying their union. I don’t know what hurdles they have had overcome, if any, to marry outside of their race in Royal walls, but it is heartwarming and utterly delicious to see their love blossom right in front of our eyes. It’s a Royal wedding I can’t wait to see and I am rooting for them.
According to The Guardian the official Royal announcement states:
The official announcement said: “His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.
“His Royal Highness and Ms Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms Markle’s parents.
Love can and will always win!