Is There Room For Difference In The Royal Palace?

What? Two posts in a day? I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while, but it was hard for me to find the words. However, I think I finally found them. I think Meghan Markle is a beautiful woman and she seems to have a wonderful personality. However, when we think about change for British royalty, we now think of the physical appearance of Meghan Markle. It’s been remarked that finally, British royalty is going to have their first biracial princess. That is something that is clearly different and really cool! Yes, Meghan looks different on the outside, but I think there is another argument at play here. It made me wonder if there truly is room for difference in the royal palace.

When I first saw Meghan and Harry’s engagement announcement interview, I thought they looked so in love. The way they looked at each other looked so genuine. After that initial interest, the news found it’s way to the back of my mind since finals and Blogmas have swamped my life. It wasn’t until recently that a picture of Meghan surfaced in one of my feeds. I definitely saw the charisma and the sincere smile that many of the royals seem to have.

I was in high school when Kate Middleton and Prince William were married. The television was tuned early in the morning before the first bell rang. I just so happened to be in the library at that time and huddled around the screen to see Kate walk down the aisle. I think it was the first time something that was real felt magical. When Meghan and Harry announced their engagement, I had that same feeling.

It’s amazing how these two women are very different in their own right but yet similar. They have a general sincerity in the way they carry themselves. Now, because I don’t know them, I can’t say this with 100% certainty. However, I hope that my observations are true. I also noticed that these two women carry the traditional sense of beauty and poise. So, what I’m getting at here is that although Meghan is not fair-skinned like Kate or the other royals, there does seem to be an underlying theme here.

Perhaps I’m reading too much into it, but seeing these similarities really got me thinking. Is there truly room for difference in the royal palace? I don’t know if I can answer this question, but it seems like although there may be room, there isn’t a lot of room.

Appearances and social standing matter for a lot of people. However, what about the girls who live ordinary lives? Kate and Meghan live very different lives than most of us, and yet they make us feel like we can achieve that too. This brought me back to when I was in high school. Many of us weren’t alive when Princess Diana was married. So, seeing Kate and William was the first time we saw something like that. I think for many of us, we got a glimpse that maybe fairytales do come true. Meghan Markle is smart, she’s poised, she’s like a princess. She, too, is like a fairytale come true.

According to a few articles, Meghan grew up in Los Angeles and went to private schools for most of her life. Not many people get that kind of opportunity in life. Many of the royals went to private schools as well. So, it’s interesting to see these differences between most of the general public and those belonging to this family.

When I think about how similar Meghan is to the rest of the royal family, I wonder if there is any room for difference. Is there any room for the girls who are in middle school or high school now to see themselves in that fairytale? There is still a standard of impeccable excellence being held here. So, where does that leave the girls who live the average life or who are not so poised or not so much like the royal family?

I don’t know what goes on in the royal family. I’m sure like any other family, they have faults, but they do a really good job in portraying this alluring gift of perfection. It really makes me wonder if there really is room for anything less than perfection at all? Is there room for difference?

Question of the day: What are your thoughts on Meghan Markle and the royal family? Do you think there is room for difference?

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  1. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on this and have actually been thinking about it myself. I totally understand what you mean that in fact, although from the outside she is different, she has still been raised in a certain upper class way. I believe that, despite this, this is a big change especially if you think back to the old royal rules. However i also think that the royal family won’t change much in the future. Great topic !

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