The Engagement Heard Around The World

Today has been overshadowed by that announcement. You know, the Royal one. The one with the engagement. That one. Everything else has been kicked into touch because everything is about Harry and Meghan Markle.

Sorry, I mean mixed-race Meghan Markle.

Because it’s insanely important to mention that whenever her name comes up. I don’t know why. But it is. I have pretty much avoided the news today, because affairs of the Royals don’t really bother me but it’s been hard to miss everything and, after my lunchtime Bargain Hunt-ing, I caught the start of the BBC News which had a variety of in-depth stories about the engagement.

The first one was from the Royal Correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, a man who is widely despised by the Royals for being a bell-end. He couldn’t have made it any clearer that he didn’t approve of anything that was going on and took a lot of time to emphasise the British-ness of Harry’s former girlfriends. While, of course, mentioning that Meghan Markle is mixed-race. Because it’s important.

Then there was a story from a Royal Correspondent in the US who was mooching around the neighbourhood that Meghan Markle grew up in, showing film of the school she attended and not forgetting to mention the thing about her being mixed-race. Although they did go the extra mile by throwing in the divorced bit as well.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, managed to write a story about how Meghan Markle had been proposed to – and worn a wedding dress – in Suits. As though her actions in a fictional TV show were in some way a guiding light on how she would act and/or look when she gets married again.

I’m just not sure any of this matters. I’m not sure it really matters, especially in this day and age, what colour the other half of a Royal is. Or what she looks like in a wedding dress. Or anything, really. At the end of the day, two people have got engaged. And they’re planning a wedding for the Spring of next year. Witchell doesn’t think they’ve been together long enough to be taking this plunge, he made that clear at the start of his piece. But either way, it’s happening.

And now it’s all the stories trying to predict when the wedding will be and whether it will draw attention away from the forthcoming birth of Prince or Princess whatever it may be.

I’m sure Witchell will have something to say about that, too.