Like millions of people around the world, I woke up early on May 19, 2018 to watch #TheRoyalWedding where Meghan Markle married Prince Harry.
For months, the world has watched their every move and cataloged every tiny detail from the dress to the venue to the menu. I actually saw an article about the shoes that Meghan purchased for her bridesmaids. How ridiculous! (But, uh, yes….I read it.) WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?
I am not obsessed with the royal family, but I certainly know the main players….so I was surprised when my husband kept asking “who is that?”, “who is that?”. HOW DOES HE NOT KNOW THIS!? I don’t think I answered through gritted teeth, but I can’t be sure. And yes. He was up watching with me. Sorry to ruin his tough biker cred.
While some people watched the festivities at royal wedding themed parties, I took a different route and stayed in bed, rocking my fuzzy slippers. By the time the carriage rode into Windsor Castle, I was exhausted. Four hours was enough. As I returned to my glamorous Saturday activities of washing clothes and getting the Roomba going, I started to think about the pressures she will face as a a newlywed. And the pressure she will undoubtedly feel to get pregnant immediately.
Yes, like many couples, she and Harry want a child. But unlike many couples, the future of the royal monarchy could depend on it. There is talk that she actually could already be pregnant. Why? Because she was smiling. At her wedding. Sheesh.
I know the pressure that normal, non-royal people feel….but what if you are married to the 6th in line for the throne? Now, unless they have a King Ralph kind of moment, I don’t anticipate it will be an issue….but still, it will be a discussion point. So I have a thought. STHU.
“Fulfilling her duty as a royal wife to procreate”
The comment above was actually a quote in an article. And it sends me over the edge. Is that a wife’s duty? So…..if she can’t get pregnant, she will deal with that heartbreak AND she will be a complete failure as a wife?! Awesome. #NoPressure
A friend of mine attended a wedding a few months ago when the pastor/priest stated that the couple had an expectation and responsibility to bring children into the world and into the religion. So…..if she can’t get pregnant, she will deal with that heartbreak AND let down her pastor/priest AND think she has failed her religion?!. Awesome. #NoPressure
Even Meghan and Harry’s vows set the expectation. The Dean of Windsor David Conner set the stage: “The gift of marriage…..given as the foundation of family life in which children are born and nurtured….”
So…..if she can’t get pregnant, she will deal with that heartbreak AND let down the British monarchy, the future of the commonwealth and the entire world?! Come on!
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I hope that Meghan can easily get pregnant. If she can’t, then she will be a childless hero who will continue to change the world with grace and dignity.
Regardless, leave her alone. And while you are at it, leave all women’s pregnancy plans alone. Because, unlike in real fairy tails, dreams don’t always come true.23