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Change: The Powerful Cultural Meaning Of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding

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Why did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony pack such an emotional punch?

Well, first and foremost it was the love in the room, the love between two people which was visible and right in front of our eyes. It was in the support and sweetness flowing between them.

It was Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, tearing up proudly, as she watched the young couple exchange vows. Part of this viewer felt that Doria looked too on her own at this momentous moment (although maybe this was just an incorrect conclusion bought by TV cameras); as someone said on Twitter, could she have had a plus-one?

Never mind the hoary narrative of the princess getting her prince, and this being the fruition of her story; it was Harry who looked humbled, stunned, and that he couldn’t believe his luck. And quite right too.

And, as a woman in Windsor from New York said to cheers on NBC's Today show, “I loved the pastor who came from Chicago. Everyone in England was treated to a traditional African American church service and it was beautiful.”

There was a lot of euphemism-spouting among nervous TV anchors on Saturday: how Meghan is “modern,” how a girl “like her” got here; that the Royal Family has not ever seen “anything like it.”

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