Yes, technically she will be a duchess.
American actress Meghan Markle is engaged to Britain’s Prince Harry, in the direct line of succession line to the British throne, and I am so excited, just like a lot of Americans.
Teen Vogue, ever woke, declared the news “a step toward upending global white supremacy.”
“It’s a feeling between ‘look how far we’ve come’ and ‘we up in this bitch,’ with the gentlest of middle fingers delivered to a social class that has historically prided itself on keeping brown folk out,” wrote Alexis Nedd at Cosmo. “You go, Meghan Markle. Four for you.”
This engagement is really quite extraordinary….a divorced American woman who is the child of a black mother and white father is marrying the future King of England’s second son. This would have been unthinkable 20 years ago…perhaps even 10 years ago. pic.twitter.com/5nNEQAtsGP
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) November 27, 2017
The idea of a biracial American princess has me over the moon — which is a weird position to be in.
As someone whose politics fall toward the left end of the political spectrum, I recognize that a 21st-century monarchy is an odd creature, and a 21st-century monarchy in a democratic country like Britain is doubly so. It seems irrelevant and a potential drain on national resources at best, and a threat to democracy at worst. Not to mention: The idea of a woman gaining enormous social power solely via the approval of a man is not exactly the height of feminism.
But again: I am so excited about the prospect of a biracial half-Jewish American princess. (Okay, fine, duchess.) She’s so smart and ambitious! They’re so in love! It’s like a fairy tale!
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