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‘This feels very modern’: How Meghan Markle could nudge the House of Windsor into the future

Actress’s background, interests could serve her well after marriage to Prince Harry next spring

Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle were all smiles as they met photographers in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London on Monday. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press)

Watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet the media for the first time after their engagement was announced, there was a sense the California-born actress was as ready as she could be for the full glare that will come with marrying into the Royal Family.

Markle, the 36-year-old former Toronto resident who will marry the fifth in line to the throne next spring, walked confidently arm and arm with her prince into the November chill Monday in the garden at Kensington Palace in London.

She waved, as royals so often do, and — briefly — showed off the lustrous three-diamond ring she received earlier this month.

Harry designed Markle’s diamond ring, which features a main stone sourced from Botswana and two smaller diamonds from the collection of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. (Eddie Mulholland/Reuters)

“Meghan, as you saw, … at that all-important photo call is clearly very confident in front of the cameras,” Katie Nicholl, royal correspondent for the Mail on Sunday and Vanity Fair, told CBC News.

“She seems to be taking all of this in her stride.”

Beyond the cameras that will follow Markle everywhere she and Harry go, however, there is a sense that her background — which in many ways is considered unconventional for a royal — will stand her in good stead in a House of Windsor looking to the future.

“This feels very modern. It feels very new,” said Nicholl.

“It certainly is going to be, I suspect, the relationship that really nudges the Royal Family into the 21st century.”

‘Passion for humanitarian work’

In some ways, it will be an easy fit for Markle, who had been based in Toronto for her role in the USA Network legal drama Suits.

“One thing that Harry and Meghan have in common is their passion for humanitarian work,” said Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal author and historian.

Harry, 33, is involved in causes ranging from support for mental health to his Invictus Games for wounded, injured and sick soldiers and veterans. Markle has worked with World Vision and the United Nations. She has travelled to Rwanda and advocated for issues ranging from clean water to rights for women and girls.

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The first footage of Jurassic World 2 which was due to be filmed at locations in Wales…

The blockbuster’s director had revealed the film would be shot at the Brecon Beacons National Park via Wales http://ift.tt/2zvcCKi

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Thousands of people across Wales pay tribute on Remembrance Sunday to our fallen heroes…

Veterans joined current members of the Armed Forces, officials and the public to mark Armistice Day via Wales http://ift.tt/2zRWand

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WPL 2017/18 PREVIEW: Barry Town United

HAVING ENJOYED A FAIRYTALE RESURGENCE, CAN BARRY CAUSE A SHOCK THIS SEASON? Finally back where they belong, the 7-time winners of the Welsh Premier League will be hoping to continue a fairytale rise, following years of bad luck. Many football fans will know of the FC Porto team that, managed by Jose Mourinho, managed to defy […]

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BedSurge.com Co-Founders Fabrizio Gulino (Left) and Aadil Mukhtar.

Two Cardiff-based entrepreneurs realised they could capitalise on the value of their city-centre flat, providing housing to continental football fans for over £1,000 a night and thought, “Why stop here and now others must want to do this?”.
Friends, Fabrizio Gulino 23 and Aadil Mukhtar 28, had a eureka moment when they realised that the supply and demand of hotel rooms during the final in June had gone bonkers – the final one of the largest ever sporting events to come to town, meant that their small home made a whopping £3,500 for a mere three-night let.
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