Is The Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Engagement Big News Across The Atlantic?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement has pushed every other story off the front page of UK newspapers.

Only the British Government’s shambles at negotiating the EU withdrawal gets a look in.

But how big is the engagement story on the other side of the Atlantic? Or in the rest of Europe?

Come to think of it, are we in Britain soon to be no longer part of Europe? Will I have to say ‘in Europe’ instead of ‘the rest of Europe’?

So – all very interesting about the engagement- no, not really.

What is interesting to me are the news headlines like this from the BBC

“Harry and Meghan: Inter-racial couples react to the royal engagement …”

or the Guardian and

“I love the idea of a mixed-race princess’: readers on the royal engagement”

or the Independent with

“Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding: Will the bride really be our first mixed-race royal?”

What do you make of that? What do Harry and Meghan think to have ‘mixed race’ bandied about as a trophy of newsworthiness?

Metro Gets Prize For Best Headline

But, there has to be a prize for the best headline. A headline should be short and it should be multi-dimensional. And Metro takes the prize with One’s One.

If you are not familiar with the habit of Royalty to take about ‘one’ – as in ‘One is not amused’ rather than ‘I am not amused’ or ‘We are not amused’, then the headline might be lost on you.

When the Queen says ‘one’, she means ‘we’, and when she says ‘we’ she means that institution that has been sailing on intact for centuries and which will continue on its imperial course.

So the Metro headline has a dig at Royalty and at the way it is somewhat out of touch with the goings on at street level.

And it is sweet, with its ‘You’re the one, baby’ connotation.

It definitely gets my headline prize.

Metro newspaper headline - 'One's One' - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

17 thoughts on “Is The Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Engagement Big News Across The Atlantic?

      1. I see BLM as an organization that formed in reaction to a systemic wrong. They didn’t invent racism, they formed to fight it. And while I don’t buy into everything they say they stand for, and nor do I support everything they do, I refuse to condemn them for fighting. It’s ironic to me that BLM should have arisen in America, when South Africa’s ANC was so much more dangerous in fighting the same problem and yet won American support.

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        1. I see Black Lives Matter the same way. I hadn’t thought about the American support for the ANC and the anti-apartheid stance. I guess it’s empathy ‘from a distance’. OK as long as it’s not in their back yard.

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        2. Well … it’s always a mistake, I think, to speak of “the Americans” (or “the any tribe”) as though they homogeneous. At the time of the Sullivan Code (sanctions against SA because of apartheid) I believe the Democrats were in power. If you could magically transport today’s US culture and gubmint to that time, I suspect there would be a lot more sympathy for the poor beleaguered Boer.

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        1. I do, at least, I bake bread. Not that often any more. The last time was about five or six weeks ago. I mix wholemeal and strong white flour by eye. I do it all by eye and feel (not the right way to get consistency). Do you bake?

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        2. Yes I do, and that’s the reason I asked actually… (Because I’m assuming the hand holding the newspaper in this photo is yours? And what I take to be a healing burn on that knuckle looks suspiciously like mine when I pull a pan out of the oven too quickly 😉
          Oh, and about baking bread “by feel”… Consistency and edibility are not necessarily congruent 😉

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        3. How observant. It is my hand but the mark is not a burn. It’s from a pair of secateurs I used to trim a hedge.

          Paul Hollywood of The Great British Bakeoff fame says one must measure – but he has a good recipe that he has arrived at over years of practise.

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        4. Well, we’re usually at least one season behind o’er here, but I love watching and listening to Paul and Mary: )
          And so true about accurate measurement and baking in general (it IS chemistry, after all; ) however, while bread making is certainly partially about measuring, it’s also very much about texture (and knowing when to stop; )
          Also “Oh OUCH!” on the trimmers – scrapes are THE worst for scarring, aren’t they?! (I’ve a few of those as well; )

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