“We’re a couple. We’re in love. I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.” Meghan Markle
Ever since Meghan and Harry brought their relationship into the open, they had stepped into the fishbowl existence that high-profile couples endure. While Harry had suffered growing up under a spotlight (think of The Truman Show movie), with his screw ups magnified more than his accomplishments, Meghan had not undergone such an experience.
They, or more directly Meghan, were faced with British media’s relentless effort to scrutinize, judge, shell out watered-down praise, but also with swift reversal, drown them with petty condemnation and untruths. Meanwhile, segments of the British public, aristocracy, and the Royal Family displayed zero sympathy for this couple.
What a hostile environment to endure in the middle of the most exciting time of one’s life. To emerge from their home, perform their royal duties, and be gracious to all, including some who wish nothing good for them must have required a daily mantra, probably several times during the day, of – “We’re a couple. We’re in love.”
But there also had to be that level of optimism that it will get better. It had to get better. Yet we know that when Meghan was interviewed in The African Journey documentary and said, “It’s not enough to survive…,” we heard more than those words. We heard a finality. The tone that said enough.
Harry and Meghan said enough with a lawsuit against the British tabloids.
They said enough when Harry spoke up on behalf of his wife and son in that interview.
They said enough when Harry took his family out of the fishbowl and senior royal circus.
Their love and commitment to each other is evident in perpetually clasped hands, as they weather the storm both in Britain and in their new home in the U.S.A.
Harry and Meghan took back their power when they stepped away and reclaimed their lives. They took back their power. Loss of military associations and of reimbursing the coffers for Frogmore Cottage refurbishment, be damned.
They have been tested as a unit. They have been tested individually; taunting Harry with returning to the fold so all would be forgiven. They have used Meghan’s family as weapons to humiliate her into submission.
But this couple has faith, whether of a spiritual nature or with each other…or a bit of both. They are stronger in the face of adversity. And they are protecting Archie against what could have been a continuation of blind servitude to an outdated institution. For better, for worse. Let love win.