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A New Kind of Royal Wedding

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Zoe Johnson, Journalist

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Prince Harry and his American girlfriend, Meghan Markle, announced their engagement on Monday, November 27th. The couple dated in secret for a few months before it became public. When Harry proposed, they had been together for about a year and a half. The wedding is planned to take place in the spring.

Close-up of Meghan Markle's engagement ring.

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The first thing everyone was talking about upon the announcement was the ring. It features three different diamonds, two of which came from the collection of Harry’s mother: Princess Diana. The central diamond, and the largest, came from Botswana, where the couple spent one of their first retreats together at the beginning of their relationship. Prince Harry designed it this way so that each stone represented something important to them.

Although most of the news coverage has focused on the ring and how Harry proposed (one night while making dinner together), others look into what this marriage means for the royal family. After the wedding, Meghan will become the first mixed racial member of the family. This proved to be problematic towards the beginning of their relationship when some media coverage held sexist and racist undertones regarding Meghan and her background.

However, the more popular view about the couple now is that they will bring in a more modern view to the royal family. Not only does their relationship break the standards, but also the kind of work they have done. Meghan is an actress and humanitarian who has worked for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Harry, having matured in more recent years, has become an advocate for mental health awareness and other charities.

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