This morning I woke up to a flurry of texts and twitter notifications. Kensington Palace released a slew of wedding details, including each of Meghan’s parents having an important role in the wedding. The three siblings of Princess Diana will also be present, and as it turns out, Lady Jane Fellowes will also be giving a reading during the ceremony. Her role helps to represent the family of Diana, the missing piece that we all miss at times like this.
But what really got me, what really SURPRISED me, what made me gasp out loud was one special detail. Prince Harry and Ms Markle are delaying the start of their honeymoon.
This completely shocked me. I never anticipated a delay. A honeymoon is a time for a bride and groom to go relax after all of the craziness of the wedding planning, and just enjoy time together. Then you come home and begin your new, merged life. I cannot imagine what on earth could have kept me from delaying my own honeymoon. That last week before my own wedding, I was so sick of making decisions and taking care of last minute details that I needed that time away to stop my head from spinning!
Whatever it is, it must be very big and very important to them.
The very first thing that popped into my mind was the Manchester attacks.
On May 22, 2017, an Ariana Grande concert was taking place in Manchester, England. For many young people, it was going to be the most amazing night. But it ended in horror as a lone terrorist detonated a shrapnel and nail laden bomb injuring many and killing 22 innocent people.
This year, on May 22nd an event called “The One Voice” event will be taking place in Albert Square. It also includes a memorial service held at Manchester Cathedral. This event will also be broadcast live on BBC radio and screened at York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. It will include a moment of silence for the victims and a singalong. Plans are being discussed for a permanent memorial.
This certainly is big enough to delay a honeymoon. Harry and Meghan seem very keen to work with and support youths and I feel like it is the perfect beginning of their work as a married couple. Just three days after their wedding, it would definitely show they are eager to hit the ground running.