Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement today, and no matter your opinion on the relevance of a monarchy in 2017, it's hard not to celebrate the fact that a woman of color (and a divorced Catholic!) is joining for the first time one of the oldest institutions of whiteness in the world's history.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make their first appearance together as an engaged couple https://t.co/alF95lV3NI pic.twitter.com/uAydpThFqG
— CNN (@CNN) November 27, 2017
Harry called out tabloids and publications last year for the racist and sexist undertones of their coverage of Markle in a statement that criticized, "The smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments."
the monarchy is a relic of colonialism that—
GO PRINCESS! BLACK PRINCESS! [hits ferocious cabbage patch] BLACK PRINCESS! BLACK PRINCESS! https://t.co/iOf0cupqsM
— wikipedia brown (@eveewing) November 27, 2017
Upon the announcement of Prince Harry and Queen Megan, Lena Waithe is Black Twitter. pic.twitter.com/RsxaZpx9mh
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 27, 2017
Me when the Mississippi Mass Choir breaks out into "How Excellent" at Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's wedding at Westminster Abbey pic.twitter.com/h7H9hK7zP7
— lil drummer boi (@sheikhofchic) November 27, 2017
We got us a Black princess ya'll. You really can't tell me a damn thing for the rest of the day because it won't matter. Shout out to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Their wedding will be my Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/WmBnGm5AuZ
— GirlTyler (@sheistyler) November 27, 2017
Prince Harry's future mother-in-law is a black woman with dreadlocks. There are no words for this kind of joy.
— S. (@Samara_Linton) November 27, 2017
Meghan Markle has to hang a Lion of Judah flag from the Buckingham Palace balcony for the culture.
— Dotty (@AmplifyDot) November 27, 2017
me, from first words to 26 November, 2017: nah fuck the whole entire royal institution, tbh
me, 27 November, 2017: pic.twitter.com/G86M3Ws0Vc
— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) November 27, 2017
Meghan Markle - ANOTHER SISTER WINNING! A Royal Wedding I'm actually excited for omg! pic.twitter.com/fxhUCqCQJ6
— Anne C Imakumbili (@anne_imakumbili) November 27, 2017
Black Twitter when Prince Harry announced the engagement pic.twitter.com/I4ub7WL9pF
— Babs (@Babs_SP) November 27, 2017
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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