The rumors have been flying since Suit’s actress Meghan Markle recently stayed with Prince Harry in Kensington Palace. Is it possible that Prince Harry and the When Sparks Fly actress could soon be announcing a royal engagement? Is it possible that this American actress could help the “world’s hottest male royal” fulfill his lifetime wish to make Princess Diana “proud” while achieving her own long-time career goals?
Both “passionate humanitarians,” this is the common thread in each of their vastly diverse upbringings that could forever bind this couple and possibly lead them to enjoy a happily ever after together. How did their passion for humanitarianism lead them to each other?
When most people think about the lives of the royal family, particularly Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton, they imagine that their main focus is all of the glitz and glamor that is elegantly wrapped up with the Windsors: exclusive soirees, specialty designer frocks, and helicopter rides home to their exclusive abodes.
Yet, last May, when Prince Harry gave a speech at a charity function in Florida, he confessed the one thing that was always on his mind: charity work. The Daily Mail reported that the youngest son of the late Princess Diana confessed that precious memories of his beautiful mother were fading fast, yet her belief in helping others through charities remains instilled in the young prince.
With his own charity work, Harry wants to “make his mother proud.” He realizes that losing his mother was difficult for him, but most of all, for all of the people she helped. Harry understands that this work still needs to be done, as his mother’s death meant that there remains a large gap.
“That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do,” he explained. “When she died, there was a gaping hole, not just for us but also for a huge amount of people across the world. If I can try to fill a very small part of that, then job done.”
Harry learned to be passionate humanitarian from his mother, Princess Diana. From around the age of 9, Prince Harry had gone to a homeless center with his mother, the late princess, along with older brother William.
In May, when Prince William returned to the refurbished homeless center after so many years, he was presented with a framed photo of the three of them at the shelter, taken in 1994. He was never aware that such a photo was taken and thus, was more grateful for this precious intimate photo memory that included his brother Harry.
Hello Magazine reported that William shared that the place left a “deep and lasting impression” on him and based on what Harry has expressed about his mother, there is no doubt that the memory of going to the shelter and treating the poorest people with respect and dignity was a lesson from Princess Diana that he also would never forget.
Like Prince Harry, Meghan Markle started to help the unfortunate at a very young age. The daughter of a social worker, Markle was barely a teen when she had her first experience working with the less fortunate in a soup kitchen in the heart of skid row. There, she learned a powerful lesson to “put other’s needs above your own fears.”
“I started working at a soup kitchen in skid row of Los Angeles when I was 13 years old, and the first day I felt really scared. I was young, and it was rough and raw down there, and though I was with a great volunteer group, I just felt overwhelmed. I remember one of my mentors, Mrs Maria Pollia, told me that ‘life is about putting others’ needs above your own fears’. That has always stayed with me.”
Markle told Bazaar U.K. that she originally continued on her path of being a passionate humanitarian, when she was in the foreign service, working at the United States Embassy. A double-major in theater and international relations, she loved both so much that she could not choose between the two.
“I was working for the US Embassy and was going down a path of foreign service. In university, I double-majored in theatre and international relations, so I knew I loved the energy of both, but wasn’t sure where I would settle, career-wise.”
It was a combination of homesickness for Los Angeles and the opportunity to work as an actress that took her in another career direction. Yet, Markle did not give up her humanitarian causes. As the United Nations Women’s Advocate, Meghan Markle is front and center on the international stage. She has been a firm advocate for women’s rights. A year ago, she spoke on allowing women’s voices be heard.
“Women make up more than half of the world’s population and potential, so it is neither just nor practical for their voices, for our voices, to go unheard at the highest levels of decision-making.”
This brings us to the present. The couple reportedly has “amazing chemistry” as well as their passion for humanitarian causes. This is the right recipe for a happy and philanthropic royal couple. The Inquisitr reports that Harry believes that Meghan is “the one.”
“Harry’s made no secret of wanting to marry and have kids and he believes Meghan’s ‘The One.’ They have amazing chemistry and both are passionate humanitarians.”
Harry should have no problem making Meghan his princess, and the Queen should appreciate Meghan’s humanitarian causes. The Queen herself is involved in 600 charities. Even those royal naysayers who systematically count the amount hours and charities each royal attends to may feel less skeptical when reading her personal working mantra that she recently retweeted.
“I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches–I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works.” @meghanmarkle
This tweet was a direct quote taken from Meghan’s “inspired lifestyle” blog the Tig. This brief personal manifesto in a sentence is from her piece entitled “How to Be Both” that was published on October 24. It is Meghan’s next statement that is equally powerful. Humanitarianism is not just work; humanitarianism is a deep passion.
“And this type of work is what feeds my soul, and fuels my purpose.”
Right now, Hollywood Life claims that Meghan Markle is ready to quit acting. Just as when she first went into acting and quit public service for personal reasons, could Meghan’s relationship with Prince Harry lead her into a full-time career as a humanitarian and forgo her acting career? Time will tell. There is no doubt that the couple’s shared passion for humanitarian pursuits could easily be realized and even become greater as a couple.
And no doubt, that, would make Princess Diana “proud.”
Do you think an engagement to Meghan Markle could help Prince Harry fulfil his wish to make his mother, the late Princess Diana “proud”? Do you think Meghan Markle will quit acting and focus only on public service if they get engaged?
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