Prince Charles Walks Meghan Markle Down the Aisle – Some Feminists Aren’t Happy
With the announcement of Prince Charles (future King of England) walking Meghan Markle down the aisle for the Royal Wedding to Prince Harry, feminists are complaining and simultaneously boasting. They can’t quite decide whether the future princess is to be respected or bashed as a princess. As a UN Ambassador and someone strongly advocating for women globally,Meghan has been touted by feminists as a ‘feminist princess’ .
This is interesting considering feminists in general despise princesses and the perception of being fathered by a King and married to a Prince. Feminists have often characterized princesses as submissive to the King. Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle with a the future King who will escort her into matrimonial union with Prince Harry. So how is it that this beautiful ‘feminist’ princess can be both feminist and princess? Is it indeed possible to love a man, respect a father and still slay the dragons that enslave women around the globe?
The most recent complaint by feminists is in the beautiful compromise that will express both independence and acceptance of tradition. Prince Charles will not be “giving away” the bride in what many see as sexist, but will be walking with her down the aisle. Meghan will also be breaking with tradition by walking the first part of her procession prior to the Quire at St. George’s alone with her bridesmaids and pageboys behind her to signify her independence. She will be the first royal to break up the procession in this manner. In essence, she is walking up to the foot of the aisle alone with her bridal party and then taking the walk with the future King down the main portion of the aisle to unite with her Prince. If Meghan is a feminist at all, she is a balanced and modern feminist who is poised enough to walk halfway into this position independently and strong enough to also submit to traditional royal customs in partnership with her new family.
Early this week, Meghan’s dad, Thomas Markle decided not to attend the royal wedding out of embarrassment in participating in staged pictures of himself for the Paparazzi in getting ready for travel to the UK to escort his daughter. Meghan was successful in convincing Tom that his discretion was not a big deal. The future princess wanted her Dad to walk her down the aisle. Unfortunately, Thomas Markle ended up having emergency heart surgery on Wednesday. His doctor advised him not to travel to the wedding.
So the big question yesterday was, “Who was going to walk Meghan down the aisle?” Some suggested Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland should walk her down the aisle. Others thought that Prince William may do the honor. Most feminists wanted her to walk the aisle entirely alone.
In a beautiful gesture, Prince Charles is taking on the role of walking Meghan down the aisle to signify welcoming her into the family.
“Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day,” Kensington Palace said in a statement. “The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”
Feminists have been criticizing the nuptials for a few months, commenting in disgust at the tradition of marriage and motherhood specifically.
Germaine Greer ”I think she’ll bolt. I hope in a way that she’ll bolt but maybe she’ll take Harry with her.”
“I’m not actually in favor of marriage. I’m sorry to have to admit it. I think it’s a hopeless system.”
“It doesn’t deliver what is says on the tin. It doesn’t guarantee child support even. It doesn’t guarantee status in the community.”
In questioning whether they should have children, Germaine Greer says “I think it will be more modern for them (Harry and Meghan) not to want them.”
Meghan Markle may or may not be the woman feminists have been longing for to break the princess stereotype they have been perpetuating. Her decision in taking the arm of the future king, marrying a prince and splitting the difference shows that she is a true independent princess first above any other political labels. For those of us who have recognized the strength and power of princesses beyond the stereotypes, we see Meghan as a refreshing princess who walks the walk as a strong and beautiful woman who places love for her prince and family over ideologies that have for decades attacked a title that she will be holding. She will walk the walk even if that means sometimes going alone and other times walking beside a King who escorts her into the arms of the Prince who welcomes her as a strong partner to the happily ever that they both have been longing for.
It remains to be seen whether she will be remembered for pleasing the expectations of the feminists who are standing by in hopes that she shakes up traditions to their satisfaction or if she continues to split the difference with poise and grace. It will be fun to watch the real life ‘fairy tale’ unfold.
Deanna Falchook writes about Pro-Life, Adoption and Christian Topics. She is highly focused on fairy tales and their impact on politics, faith and culture. She is the author of a book called TO BE A MOTHER and the soon to be released book called THE CINDERELLA MINDSET. Deanna’s work has been featured in THE FEDERALIST, Charisma, Breitbart, 700Club, EWTN, Faithwire to name a few. Deanna is the mom of 7 children (5 internationally adopted) and lives near Disneyworld in Orlando. You can contact Deanna on FACEBOOK or twitter @deannafalchook.