For years we have watched Prince Harry grow up from the day he was born to the man he is today. WeÂ all cheered when Diana and Charles presented Harry to the world from the steps of St Mary’s Hospital. We were delighted seeing images in magazines and TV footage of his toddler years, especially with his mother and we were heartbroken watching him follow his mother’s casketÂ in the funeral procession after Diana died in 1997.
After a large hiatus of being out of the limelight, we saw Harry move into a military career and following in his mother’s footsteps has been involved in many charities and organisations. We observedÂ his ‘wild child’ antics over the years and watched on with intrigue as he formed romantic relationships with Chelsy Davey andÂ Cressida Bonas.
And 32 years on, it appears our Harry might have finally found long time love. In November 2016,Â Kensington Palace confirmed that Prince Harry was “a few months” into a relationship with American actressÂ Meghan Markle. Best known for her role as Rachel Zane in Suits, she is alsoÂ Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada and has been to Rwanda to promote the organisationâ€™s Clean Water Campaign.
Prior to this relationship with Prince Harry, Meghan MarkleÂ was quite unknown internationally but has become Google’s most searched actress in 2016. She is acquiring more media attention as the relationship is growing and speculation of the couple getting engaged is mounting. Although the relationship is still early days in any normal relationship, why are we hopingÂ that Meghan MarkleÂ is ‘The One’Â for Harry?
- She’s one of us!
Yes she’s a celebrity but she has no aristocratic title and has come from humbling beginnings where she went to a Catholic all girls school. Her parents have normal jobs (both filing for bankruptcy at different occasions) and like many families have gone through a marriage breakdown when Meghan was six years old.
Like Mary Donaldson and Kate Middleton before her, she is provingÂ that datingÂ a Prince is not impossible. 😉
- She’s an indÃ©pendant, savvy, self made businesswoman
She graduated fromÂ Â Northwestern University, Illinois in 2003Â completing a double major in theatre and international relations, and pursuing an internship at the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires as part of her studies.To support herself between acting jobs she worked as a calligrapher and several modelling and acting jobs before she secured a role permanent role in Suits in 2011. She has also appeared in other TV shows and small part roles in movies including Horrible Bosses and Remember Me.You would think that her role in Suits would keep her busy enough, but until recently she was the editor-in-chief of lifestyle blog; The Tig. She announced in April 2017 that she would be closing this popular lifestyle website down.
- She understands philanthropy
Just like his mother, Prince Harry is a huge advocate for local and international charities and is patron of many. Philanthropy is high on Meghan Markle’s radar with an appointment in 2016 as Global AmbassadorÂ forÂ World Vision Canada,Â traveling toÂ RwandaÂ for the Clean Water Campaign. Markle has alsoÂ worked with theÂ United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and was aÂ United Nations Women’s advocate for political participation and leadership.
- She’s biracial,Â divorced and American
Meghan Markle’s mother is African-American and her father who is of Irish and Dutch descent. Â Markle has described herself as ethically nondescript and found it hard in her youth to identify with a particular colour withÂ curly hair, aÂ freckled face, andÂ pale skin but genetically being half black and half white. There has not been a racially mixed marriage in the Royal family (that we know of) and a match between Markle and Prince Harry would make the Royals appear more culturally accepting especially withÂ many african countries still belonging to theÂ Commonweath.Not only is Markle American but also a divorcee with her first marriage to Trevor Engleson finishing in 2013. Historically the Royals have not been able to marriage divorcees.
In 1936, Queen Elisabeth’s uncle,Â King Edward VIII abdicated after just 326 days on the throne in order to marry American divorcÃ©e Wallis Simpson. The move sparked a constitutional crisis due to the Church of Englandâ€™s teaching that remarriage is not allowed if the former spouse is still alive.
In the decades since, the Church and the Royal Family have modernised their attitudes to marriage.Â In 2005, the Queen gave permission for Prince Charles to marry fellow divorcÃ©e Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.
- He’s obviously mad about her!
In his past relationships he has been very private with little or no acknowledgement at all. In an interview on his 21st birthday, Chelsea Davy was referred to as his girlfriend by the media with Harry responding ” IÂ would love to tell everyone how amazing she is but once I start talking about that, I have left myself openâ€¦ There is truth and there is lies and unfortunately I cannot get the truth across.”
With Cressida Bonas, although they apparently dated for two years, she was hardly mentioned in the media with only being spotted out with Harry on the odd occasion.