Last weekend, all eyes were on the Royal wedding, the union of the beloved Prince Harry to American actress, Meghan Markle.
We were instantly enchanted by the love in their eyes and the stolen glances between them, the non-stop holding hands and of course the passion of the first kiss. There was no denying that romance was in the air.
Two people, deeply in love, produce a good story. It makes us feel giddy and happy. It generates lots of positive emotion.
Yet there’s more. Beyond the allure of the relationship, the marriage of Harry and Meghan offered something larger than a romantic tale. Their “guiding principles” so to speak, give us all something to think about.
Their value for diversity and inclusion is apparent, considering a range of culture, faith, extended family and friends, as well as their global leadership in community as with the Invictus games.
Flexibility and adaptability, in the face of unexpected change, was seen in the decision to have Prince Charles, Meghan’s father-in-law to be, walk her down the aisle when her own father took ill.
We saw that people and relationships are far more important than antiquated or outdated tradition, which also reflects their belief in standing up for what you believe is the right thing to do. The opportunity to take a risk and help others understand your point of view and make change can be done, even if the other person is the Queen of England, who has been steadfast about tradition.
Modeling the courage to seek support and assistance for a mental health concern. Need I say more?
There are so many people who question the timing of their decisions. Why did I get married so young? Why didn’t I travel more before I settled down? Why didn’t I further my education before I had children? And the list goes on. The very important message that comes from this royal couple is, establish yourself before you commit to a relationship. Gaining confidence and independence allows you to love yourself and be your own person, strengthening your ability to be a caring and equal partner.
Learning from experience is a great opportunity for growth. The past is the past. Move on.
Love, true and genuine love, radiates positivity. Have faith in the power of love.
Some may say that it’s easy for two people who have lots of money, who are born into or fall into royalty. The values, by which Meghan and Harry live, are independent of financial wealth or social position. If we can take heed and learn from their example, we can see that a good life is possible for all of us.