Living in the United States, we usually have the Atlantic Ocean and our own emotional arm’s-length distance from the goings-on in England. Even though they were once our Mother Country—and we the rebellious child who revolted and ran away from home—we’ve always remained tied together through language, customs, and culture. Now, with the announcement of Prince Harry tying the knot with U.S. actress Meghan Markle, we are about to be bombarded with all manner of bridal collectibles and novelties.
I, for one, love the idea of a “commoner,” though Meghan is hardly common at all, rising to the rank of princess. Markle hails from a privileged Hollywood background. Her father was an Emmy Award–winning lighting designer, and she always attended prestigious private girls’ schools. Educated in theater, with a dual major in international studies, she is smart, self-assured, talented, and extremely contemporary.