Though it was heresy in some quarters at the time, I cared not one whit when Prince Charles took Lady Diana Spencer as his bride — and yes, it was pretty much him choosing her as a suitable spouse. I did not indulge in the ritual some Anglophile friends bragged about, setting clocks to wake up to view the 1981 spectacle in real time while nibbling on some British-like snack.
I did not care about the carriage, the bridal party or the design of the wedding dress. These were folks with a guaranteed income, home and life, and I had more serious concerns.
When the marriage turned out not to be an idealized fairy tale as advertised, I did not smirk, though I did feel slightly vindicated.
Then why does the tiniest bit of news about the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make me smile and steal a glance?
Perhaps British Conservative MP Robert Halfon put it best. “At last an interlude to Brexit glumbucketness! Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,” he tweeted, before adding a little pop culture panache. “P.S. I’ve always loved watching Suits,” he wrote, dropping the name of the TV show Markle has walked away from.
Boiled down to its essence, his message of congratulations appreciated what many need right about now — a distraction.