Ev­ery­thing you need to know about the prince’s new boo thang

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

WORLD, please meet Prince Harry’s new love, Meghan Markle. Though nei­ther party has con­firmed the re­la­tion­ship, Bri­tish tabloids have gone bonkers since news of the ro­mance broke last week. Here’s a primer to bring you up to speed.

Markle is a 35-year-old ac­tress who co-stars on the USA Net­work le­gal drama, Suits. She was raised in Los An­ge­les and now lives in Toronto, where her show is filmed. Other facts that have caused shock waves in Eng­land (be­sides her be­ing Amer­i­can and a few years older than Harry, 32): Markle is bira­cial and di­vorced. (She mar­ried a long­time boyfriend in 2011 and di­vorced two years later.)

But, again, to re­it­er­ate, she’s awe­some.

Like her royal beau, Markle is a pas­sion­ate hu­man­i­tar­ian. She does fre­quent ad­vo­cacy work for the United Na­tions and World Vi­sion Canada, trav­el­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally to pro­mote gen­der equal­ity and ac­cess to clean wa­ter. She de­signed a sleek but ac­ces­si­ble line of women’s wear for the Cana­dian de­part­ment store Reit­man’s. And three years ago she launched a smart, sub­stan­tive life­style web­site, The Tig.

“The mo­ment Suits be­came suc­cess­ful and I re­alised peo­ple [es­pe­cially young women] were lis­ten­ing to what I had to say, I knew I needed to be say­ing some­thing of value,” she wrote in an es­say on the site.

Clearly the world’s favourite red­headed prince has moved on from cream puff party girls. Here, here!

The Ex­press first re­ported the re­la­tion­ship, which ap­par­ently be­gan in May when Prince Harry trav­elled to Toronto to pro­mote the In­vic­tus Games Foun­da­tion, an or­gan­i­sa­tion he founded to host Olympics-style games for dis­abled vet­er­ans from around the world. Since their first meet­ing, the pair are said to have re­united in both Los An­ge­les and Eng­land, where Markle was in­tro­duced to Harry’s brother Prince Wil­liam and sis­ter-in-law Kate Mid­dle­ton.

Be­cause she is bira­cial, Markle is of­ten asked about her her­itage. In an es­say for Elle UK mag­a­zine, she wrote of how fre­quently she is asked, “What are you?”

Markle’s dad was a light­ing di­rec­tor on shows in­clud­ing Mar­ried with Chil­dren. And he’s white. Her mom was a so­cial worker. And she’s African Amer­i­can.

“And there was my mom, caramel in com­plex­ion with her light­skinned baby in tow, be­ing asked where my mother was since they as­sumed she was the nanny,” Markle wrote. “It’s ei­ther ironic or apro­pos that in this world of not fit­ting in, and of har­bour­ing my emo­tions so tightly un­der my eth­ni­cally non­de­script [and not so thick] skin, that I would de­cide to be­come an ac­tress.”

As an ac­tress, as in life, she had to re­sist out­side pres­sure to lock her into one, di­gestible cat­e­gory.

“You push for colour-blind cast­ing, you draw your own box. You in­tro­duce your­self as who you are, not what colour your par­ents hap­pen to be. You cul­ti­vate your life with peo­ple who don’t lead with eth­nic de­scrip­tions such as, ‘that black guy Tom’, but rather friends who say: ‘You know? Tom, who works at (blah blah) and dates (fill in the blank) girl.’ You cre­ate the iden­tity you want for your­self, just as my an­ces­tors did when they were given their free­dom. Be­cause in 1865 (which is so shat­ter­ingly re­cent), when slav­ery was abol­ished in the United States, former slaves had to choose a name. A sur­name, to be ex­act.

“Per­haps the clos­est thing to con­nect­ing me to my ev­er­com­plex fam­ily tree, my long­ing to know where I come from, and the com­mon­al­ity that links me to my blood­line, is the choice that my great-great-great grand­fa­ther made to start anew. He chose the last name Wis­dom. He drew his own box.”

Markle will surely call on that ex­pe­ri­ence as she faces the gaze of the Bri­tish pub­lic. Al­ready her re­la­tion­ship with Harry has sparked dis­cus­sion of the ve­rac­ity of the no­tion of “royal pu­rity”. An ar­ti­cle in the Daily Mail spent three para­graphs talk­ing about the crime rates in the Los An­ge­les neigh­bour­hood where Markle’s mother now lives, de­scrib­ing it as “one of a clus­ter of Los An­ge­les bor­oughs fa­mous for gangs”.

As Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has taken to say­ing, “C’mon, man.”

Any­way, it seems that if any­one can han­dle this harsh spot­light, Markle can. As she wrote of her dual roles of ac­tress and ad­vo­cate, “My eleven-yearold self would be proud, be­cause while I may not have re­alised it at the time, I, in fact, have al­ways had a foot in the world of en­ter­tain­ment as well as the world of pub­lic ser­vice; my life now is sim­ply a more height­ened ver­sion of the very re­al­ity in which I grew up. And, truth be told, it’s the most beau­ti­ful gift I never knew I al­ways had.”

It’s prob­a­bly too much to wish Markle and Prince Harry the pri­vacy to see their re­la­tion­ship evolve out­side the pub­lic eye. So in­stead we’ll just hope that the Brits find as much to ad­mire in Markle as we have.

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