All eyes have long been in fairytale romance between the American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry who will marry at Windsor Castle on May 19. And Royal Expert Leslie Carroll Author of An American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could not be more upset about this upcoming wedding.
Carroll, the author of five non-fiction books on the love, life and scandals of European royalty, charts the dazzling story of Meghan and Harry's life and the centuries-old history that exist in their lives new book has led to her modern romance, from the rebellious past of British rule marriage to the little-known life of the woman who brings the royal family into the 21st century, Carroll gives a deep insight into this couple's love story.
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How is this book different from yours?
Meghan and Harry still live to begin with. My bailiwick is usually the love and life of dead royals. But because my wheelhouse is the story of royal marriages and relationships and love affairs and affairs, whether illegal or not, I drew on previous royal relationships that were taboo or never reached the altar and established the relationship between Meghan and Harry in this context
What makes Meghan and Harry so special?
Not only is she a bisexual type, which is a huge star for the more than 1000-year-old British monarchy, but Meghan is a divorced American actress. For centuries, when a king or prince took an actress as a lover, it was considered scandalous. Now the grandson of the Queen of England is about to marry an actress. She is also 36 (that's the same age Diana was when she died) and Harry is three years younger. So he marries an older woman and a career woman.
There are other parts of Meghan's story that make it very interesting.
Absolutely. Meghan is the first American who legitimately marries a Windsor, and Harry will be the sixth in the line of succession. The idea that a Californian girl who had ancestors who were slaves into the house of Windsor is huge.
Why do Americans care so much about the royals?
Americans fought a war to a monarchy, but Americans are still obsessed with the royal family. I think it's because of our love of romance novels and happy-always-after. We love this idea and love to read about queens and kings. It's a trope that has appealed to us since we read fairy tales as children. It's also the idea of a Cinderella, but in this case, Meghan is the feminist Cinderella.
Are people even more interested because Harry had a roller coaster of a life compared to his brother William?
Harry was only 12 years old when Diana died. We have this memory of how he walked behind the gun carriage carrying her casket and the little white card on the flowers that bore this word "mummy." It breaks your heart to think about it. He recently talked about partnering with a mental health charity and how much bereavement counseling helped him understand his savagery and anger – that he was indeed unable to process his mother's death. In fact, Harry, who was once considered the most coveted bachelor in the world, first realized when he got advice, why he acted like that, which made him find the right woman for himself.