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Vinay Menon: Let Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry escape the royal family — at least halfway

Vinay Menon: Let Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry escape the royal family — at least halfway
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Would they run off to Jamaica? Hawaii? Toronto? Would they decamp to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, where the howls of exotic animals would greet a small gathering of family and friends as the young couple held hands before a vegan minister, swapping vows in the crackling glow of a union pyre as flames licked the sky and village elders blessed guests before the yoga-safari reception?

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry share a joke as they attend the Commonwealth Service on Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey on March 11 in London.  (Chris Jackson / GETTY IMAGES)

It was not entirely clear.

As with all royal coverage propelled by unnamed “sources,” details were sparse. But as Us Weekly reported in the summer of 2017, while Harry was keen to spend the rest of his life with Meghan, he was not so hot on a “showy wedding.”

The prince wanted their big day to be “private.” This is like a beekeeper taking a stand against honey or a wrestler lobbying for no physical contact.

But on a psychological level, it was almost as if Harry was trying to instinctively shield Meghan from the pomp and pageantry he has known his entire life, while also sending three messages to his family and, by extension, the world:
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