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The royal wedding fulfils a human need: that’s why so many of us are celebrating | Afua Hirsch16 May 1:00am

The royal wedding fulfils a human need: that’s why so many of us are celebrating | Afua Hirsch

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I’m no royalist, but I’ve seen how people across the world cling to the same culture, tradition and ceremony that will be on display in Windsor Prince Harry is marrying Meghan Markle this week. Royal weddings are of diverse significance to different people. To me, they represent a dilemma. In fact, any large display of British royal pomp and pageantry brings two of my most important beliefs into sharp and awkward conflict. On the one hand, I am no royalist. The British royal family has been synonymous with empire – the devastating effects of which we have barely begun to process – and the slave trade, in which monarchs all the way back to
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