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An American in Windsor

Why Meghan Markle is a revolutionary kind of royal
The couple met after they were set up on a blind date in July 2016. After a few more dates, Harry invited Markle to join him on a trip to Botswana

THE LAST TIME A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH royal family announced his intention to marry an American divorcée, there was a constitutional crisis, and the future of the monarchy seemed to be in doubt; indeed, King Edward VIII had to give up the throne in order to wed the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson, a native of Baltimore. When she began her affair with then Prince Edward, Simpson was married to her second husband, Ernest Simpson, whom she would divorce two years later. Both her nationality and marital history made her unacceptable as a royal bride to almost every section of society. The diarist Harold Nicolson remarked at the time, “The upper classes mind her being an American more than they mind her being divorced. The lower classes do not mind her being an American but loathe the idea

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