Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Thoroughly Modern Monarchy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Thoroughly Modern Monarchy

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Byline: STATESIDE With US Editor Christopher Bucktin

O, THEY'VE finally done it.

SAmerica has one foot in Buckingham Palace and a royal to its name after Prince Harry's engagement to US actress Meghan Markle was announced.

Not only has the 'special relationship' been strengthened but it has also cemented the States' love affair with the fifth in line to the throne.

Americans adore the fact he is a flame-haired former wild child, who courted controversy in his youth by smoking cannabis and once wearing a Nazi uniform to a party.

Even more are endeared to him as, while America is crippled by racial tensions, he has chosen a biracial, divorced actress to be his wife.

Americans view the prince as charismatically impressive, someone who is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers and a man who has made a clear statement against prejudices by refusing to allow them to affect his personal choices.

He has undoubtedly brought the royal family into the 21st century as a prince for our times.

Together, he and Meghan are taking the British monarchy - that most conservative of institutions - into a more modern era.

Their engagement underscores the recent shift in the Windsors which has created a legion of new fans in the States.

They are seen as a new generation of royals eager to project themselves as modern, inclusive and down-toearth.

This latest set, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have in recent years tried to connect better with the public, whereas the Queen has maintained a more traditionally aloof style.

But today, as Harry and Suits actress Meghan plan for their May nuptials at Windsor Castle, all trace of the snobbery that first greeted them as a couple has dissipated.

Gone is the curiosity surrounding the American actress as Britain now takes her to their hearts. …

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