Romance writers and readers love Happily Ever After.
We write stories with alpha males and strong women who find their soulmates for their HEA. Most of our heros are rich and powerful. We weave a fantasy to let the reader escape reality for a moment. More importantly, we try to make every woman…and man feel their is someone special out there for them.
Our imagination soars when it comes to the British royals. Historical romances are filled with the aristocrats of England. Romance writers have used princes, dukes, earls, and viscounts for years, making them the heros that the heroines yearn for. But remember, we write fantasy.
In reality for us Americans, there was a little thing called the American Revolution. We Americans fought for the right that anyone, no matter their birth, could make their own path in the world. We don’t fully understand the Royal Family of England. Sure, we get up early to watch every royal wedding on TV. Sure, we go ga-ga over every royal baby picture. But its not personal to us. We are appalled by the scandal that Prince Andrew brought on the House of Windsor, but not anymore than we are by anyone connected to Jeffrey Epstein. We don’t feel the shock of Prince Andrew’s association with the monster.
As long as I can remember, tabloids have followed royalty. It sells. When I was a little girl, my grandmother would buy every magazine with Princess Grace of Monaco in it. I’m the same. I keep up with what’s going on with the royals. The way I looked at them changed when Princess Diana got engaged to Prince Charles. Honestly, my first thought was that poor thing has to wake up every morning to those ears. Diana looked so innocent, so viriginal. (Just a little tid-bit, did you know that Romance novelist, Barbara Cartland, was related to Princess Diana by marriage?) Diana was according to the papers a virgin because before she become Prince Charles’ wife, she had to be checked by a doctor to make sure she had never been with a man before. Now, I don’t know if that’s true. It was just something I remember reading at the time. I do remember watching the wedding. Diana looked so beautiful and happy. We all know how that ended. You can probably tell that Prince Charles isn’t my favorite royal. I don’t see how anyone could treat his wife in the manner he did. A gentleman? Not in my eyes. Remember ‘Tampongate’. Who talks like that? It was disgusting. What makes it worse to me is that he never loved Diana. Prince Charles was doing what he was instructed to do by the ‘crown.’ Marry a virgin of acceptable lineage. At the time, he wasn’t allowed to marry a commoner…you know the ones that aren’t born into privilege. Now, I will say I don’t know what would have happened had he been allowed to marry who he wanted from the beginning, but the way he treated Diana was unforgivable.
Because of Diana, the Royals have changed. We have seen Prince William marry the person of his choosing. Prince William has grown up in the public eye and has emerged as someone that the public can look up to. He has brought back the dignity that the Crown demands…along with his brother, Prince Harry. Prince Harry has been known for his charities and goodwill.
Which brings us back to Harry and Meghan. According to the headlines, he has resigned from being a senior member of royalty. What do I think of that? I think I need to write a romance using Harry as the hero.
As an American, I admire his choice because as being a royal he never had one. He’s not complaining about being born into wealth and privilege. What he is saying that he wants to make his own way. This is not a crisis. What was he? Like seventh in line for the throne. He’s not hurting anyone. He’s choosing to live his life on his own terms.
I’m just going to say—what does the monarchy want? For Harry, to always be in the background of his brother…always putting the needs of Will and Kate before his own family. I don’t think Harry is quitting his family. It’s just time for him to leave the nest so to speak and become the man he wants to be: a loving husband and father.
The consequences of his choice are his, but I personally don’t think he’s making a mistake. I love Meghan. (Yes, I watched her in Suits.) If they do move to Canada, I don’t think that’s a mistake. I have visited Canada a few times. Last year, my daughter and I stayed a week in Nova Scotia. It was just lovely and the people were so kind. Why is living in Canada taboo for a Royal? Isn’t Canada part of their commonwealth?
Love is a voice that echoes in all our hearts. Harry is listening to his.
Harry and Meghan’s happily ever after starts now!