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How exciting. Prince Harry is marrying American actress, Meghan Markle. I don’t usually follow the royal goings on very closely, but my grandmother was a big fan of all things royal, which was passed on to my mother, skipped a generation, and is shared by my 11-year-old daughter. Said daughter has been down with a sore throat this past week, so together we watched Lifetime’s Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance. Even at the tender age of 11, my daughter looked over at me at one point and said,
“Mom, this is cheeeeee- sy!”
As you probably know, this royal wedding is happening soon: May 19th at midday, which is tomorrow, if you’re in the States, and later today, if you’re up bright and early, reading this from across the pond. What does this have to do with Outlander, you say? Well, a few things, actually.
There is an Outlander fan in the Royal family. That’s right, Eugenie, 27, groom-to-be Harry’s cousin, and the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, is a self professed Outlander fan.
Photo: Harpers Bazaar, Alex Bramall
Eugenie told Harpers Bazaar in a 2016 interview, entitled, A Day in The Life of Princess Eugenie of York…
In the evening… “If I’m home, I cook and watch TV. It’s very relaxed. At the moment I’m watching How to Get Away With Murder—Viola Davis, she’s insanely good—and Outlander, my favorite.”
Eugenie also happens to be getting married very soon, in October of this year, to her fiancé Jack Brooksbank. They will marry in the same spot that Harry and Meghan will wed: the St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Photo: Eugenie’s parents on their wedding day: Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
When watching the cheesy but touching Lifetime show about Harry and Meghan’s courtship, something else made me think of Outlander… Well, two things. The actor who played Harry is named Murray Fraser, for one.
Photo: Deborah Ramsay, Steve Coulter, Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley in “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance,” on Lifetime.CreditLifetime
And, the theme of strong, independent woman from a different world meets strong, independent man from a world chock full of ceremony, tradition, and obligation, and how they work out their relationship without compromising who they are as individuals, is another.
Harry and Meghan seem to march to their own drums and to challenge the status quo. Meghan is definitely entering the scene as an Outlander – not only a commoner, but the first (biracial) American to join the royal family. Harry reminds me of another dutiful, in love, fiercely loyal ginger, willing to fight for and defend his woman, and not afraid to break the rules.
Maybe Eugenie is not the only Outlander fan in the family, after all….
Let them eat cake?
Avid baker, gif queen, and admin of Outlander.Online Kirsten Norling spotted another Outlander connection to the royal wedding… Maybe someone should warn them? 😬
Baking has commenced on the Royal Wedding Cake!🍰 Here is the recipe, if you'd like to give it a whirl! Good luck getting your hands on the final ingredient! 😉🥃 #Outlander #iseeoutlanderineverything pic.twitter.com/N6lrnCtpGN
— Kirsten Norling✌❤🦄 (@KirsteninScotts) May 18, 2018
All the best to Prince Harry and Meghan, may they live a long, happy life together. And who knows, maybe we’ll see some Outlander inspired kilts at Eugenie’s upcoming nuptials?
Source: Harpers Bazaar
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