There were many firsts that took place at Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s wedding and one of those included the performances by Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir. Breaking tradition and stereotype, bi-racial Meghan Markle embraced her culture and she and Prince Harry invited Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir to perform during the wedding. Directly before taking their vows, Gibson led the choir in a stunning rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.”
After the wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex approached their carriage and headed for the royal wedding reception while the choir sang “Amen” and “This Little Light of Mine.”
While some of the royal guests looked a bit surprised by the soulful, Gospel rendition, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were well-pleased. The Queen approved every aspect of the wedding so if some of the attendees were surprised, it was no surprise to Queen Elizabeth.
The way the royal family has embraced Meghan Markle, her mother Doria Ragland and American black culture hasn’t gone without notice.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 19, 2018
After the wedding, the public conversation focused on interracial issues and what the joining of Britain and America in the royal family line truly means for the future. As England has always been America’s greatest ally, it appears the two are now forever linked and will have shared bloodlines in Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s descendants.
Those bloodlines now include African-American ancestry and black Americans are thrilled.
Many people simply commented on social media networks that there was a lot of American black culture in the royal wedding and they were surprised, yet delighted to see it.
— diane alston (@dianexlston) May 19, 2018
While there may be some who are shocked that black culture found its way to the royal family or that Bishop Curry led a sermon quoting Martin Luther King and then was followed by a powerful black choir, many are certain that Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, would have given her support.
There is no question that Princess Diana would have fully embraced Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir, as well as Bishop Curry and following his mother’s footsteps, Prince Harry did too.
What did you think of the royal wedding? Were you surprised to hear a gospel choir performing?