I’ve never been a fan of the royal family, I like them, they seem like nice people (some of them) but the whole bow to your King/Queen just doesn’t float my boat. We are all souls and therefore all the same, so when I see one person bowing to another, to me, it seems wrong.
I believe we should honour ourselves as Kings and Queens, respecting the lowest born in society equally as we respect the highest and the only person we should bow to is God. As I watched some of the royal wedding yesterday, I tried to ignore the church dripping in gold, a man made illusion that God requires such opulence in her worship and instead concentrated on the happy couple.
Of course the revelation of the guest list and what they were wearing was fun. English royalty, footballers, rugby players and the Hollywood A listers along with America’s queen, Oprah made great viewing, but I found myself captivated by the mother of the bride.
This beautiful, gracious woman sat alone, clearly nervous and overwhelmed to find herself in a situation so completely off the chart, that I can barely comprehend it. Her successful actress daughter, who we can assume she’s already very proud of, as any mother would be, is marrying a Prince and will be part of the most powerful Royal family on the planet.
A sixty year old social worker and yoga instructor from LA who has worked for a non profit mental health clinic, it doesn’t get any more unreal that this. Yet this woman sat in a church filled with Royalty and the cream of society, with grace, dignity, humility and an obvious deep love for her daughter that made me want to weep.
What was going through her head? I was desperate to know as I watched her sitting there in support of her daughter. Whatever it was, her outward display of elegance took my breathe away.
The bride equally as gracious, beautiful, understated and eloquent was a symbol of empowerment to every young girl on the planet as she began her long walk up the aisle alone. Taking the arm of her father-in-law as he lead her to her Prince was the perfect fairytale and as they both stood there together, love was very apparent.
As the American Bishop, Michael Curry said (my favourite part) ‘”When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the Earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more. When love is the way, there’s plenty good room, plenty good room for all of God’s children. Because when love is the way, we actually treat each other well, like we’re actually family.”
Meghan, along with her lovable rogue husband is a great step forward in a modern Royal family and I hope she will use her position to make some great changes in the world.
As Royals go, Harry has always been a winner in my eyes, a rebel who pushed boundaries and fought for some kind of normality in his life. I think his new mother-in-law will definitely offer him a chance at normal and I wish them happiness and love in everything they do together.