Prince Harry and Princess Meghan's wedding fell on my Birthday Weekend and so I made it a Royal Wedding Birthday. I decorated with British bunting, made a Elderflower and Lemon cake, served tea, champaign, tea party food, and gin, lemon, and elderflower cocktails, and watched the wedding multiple times as waves of guests came (it was hard to convince many people to come to the house in the middle of the night!).
I loved everything about their wedding. I loved the speakers, the choir, and the beautiful cellist. It was filled with meaning and emotion. This wedding blew away all other weddings - even the Diana & Charles wedding that I watched in the middle of the night as a 14 year old.
This was one of my favorite Birthdays because it was so festive and yummy. We had raspberry scones and clotted cream! I had a full fledged afternoon tea with sandwiches, pastries, and tea that reminded me when we visited The Empress Hotel in Victoria BC to have a fancy afternoon tea. I love afternoon tea, British TV, and cottage gardens. I do have a few word -- a rant, though.
There has been a lot of attention this morning in regards to Prince Harry & Princess Meghan after last night's interview with Oprah. There is a lot to process about what was said last night, but I just wanted to post my absolute support for Prince Harry & Princess Meghan. Before anyone tells me that, "Meghan is a Duchess of Sussex, and NOT A PRINCESS!", I am going to tell them to sit down and instruct them that I said what I said. They are the only royals I am acknowledging. If Harry is a Prince, Meghan can be a princess. It is also HRH Prince Archie Windsor to you all as well. His sister, who is on the way, will be HRH Princess as well. They are the only royals who matter in my mind and this is non-negotiable.
I feel strongly about this couple as they were the only couple that made the royal family relevant and reflective of the multiracial commonwealth that the royal family claims to represent. I was naively hoping that the Royal Family or Britain would embrace multiculturalism and multi-racial society.
I had hoped that Harry and Meghan would have been allowed to live in peace being envoys to the Commonwealth. I loved that her wedding dress featured flora from all of the Commonwealth. They could have travelled with their children and become part of the antidote for the white nationalism that is infecting the West. Instead, it seems the Windsors and Brits decided to resent their popularity and let the racism fester against them and forced them out.
The Windsors sided with the anti-immigrant Brexit crowd instead of providing leadership that serves all of its people and the notion of progress. I say this knowing that my country has deep problems with race and is not immune from the growing white nativism and white nationalism. The UK, the US, and Europe has a growing white extremist problem that is attacking democracy and pluralism.
The rest of the Windsor family failed to protect Prince Harry & Princess Meghan against lies and racist attacks. They have done everything to protect Prince Andrew's connections to a nefarious person, but they have done nothing to protect the mother of HRH Prince Archie, the Queen's grandson from real threats. Watching that family or The Firm let British tabloids and social media whip up unfounded hatred and racism towards Meghan was proof that no progress was or is possible. It was all set up to do Meghan for a Diana-like fall. It was almost like they wanted an extremist to do harm to her. I am convinced that Prince Harry feared for her life, because I feared for her life from this far distance.
I am also side-eying the British public, who supports these toxic tabloids and gave no comfort or support to Prince Harry, Princess Meghan, or even Prince Archie.
I am happy that this family have decided to become Californians and I look forward to seeing their children grow up and have their family thrive here.