Saturday’s royal wedding will not just be any other royal wedding. This time, an American will be taking part in the vows.
The matrimony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle will certainly include the pomp and circumstance of past royal weddings. (We’ll be up early to stream it Saturday starting around 4:30 a.m. EDT.) But there are deeper topics — race, religion and social norms — to examine around this ceremony.
Markle — a Los Angeles native known for her portrayal of Rachel Zane on the USA Network drama “Suits” — is mixed race; her father is white and her mother is black. She was brought up Protestant, attended Catholic school and was baptized into the Church of England earlier this year. In 2013, she and her first husband, producer Trevor Engelson, split up. The Washington Post reports that Saturday’s vows “will be the first full-blown royal wedding of a divorced partner to take place with the loving embrace of the fusty English church.”
Is there a deeper meaning to the royal wedding on Saturday? What are the cultural impacts? We delved into those issues during a Twitter chat on Friday, May 18, with Ben Carrington, an associate professor of sociology and journalism at the University of Southern California (@BenHCarrington) and Afua Adom, the newly named chief editor of Glam Africa (@afuathescot).
See a rundown of Friday’s Twitter Chat in the Twitter Moment below.