The Queen, Prince Harry and the black princess

Franklin
Johnston

Friday, May 25, 2018

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Harry and Meghan's wedding was a happy event. Bright sunlight, no Trump, Syria, Ebola, or six-a-day murders; goodness shone on Windsor Castle, the UK, and our tourist board did not boost Windsor Castle, Portland.

We were taken back in time to two boys holding hands grieving their mother Diana's death. One went on to fly rescue helicopters, the other to military service. Now we see William and Harry, both military men, hugging with joy — We cried!

Jamaicans are royalists. We love to be called queen, King Stitt, princess, Prince Buster, Duke Reid, Lady Saw, empress; but not chief, baba, alhaja, ooni as we talk Africa but do not act Africa and love Jesus and “brownings”. Of all chiefs in Africa, Rastafari chose the one so-so brown king, a Christian with one kink above white hair to be their god. Eeeeh, Chief Pearnel? We woke early to witness the making of a black princess whose scion may one day be King of England and 53 Commonwealth states. Success is the best revenge! Black is beautiful! Drink to a future black king. Cheers!

Meghan made her mark, so the wedding was replete with innovation and symbolism. The Queen allowed it. Windsor Castle is metaphor. Normans conquered in 1066, so it was built by English slaves centuries before black slavery cited by bright-eyed Bishop Michael Currie at the wedding. They sing “Britons never, never shall be slaves”, but omit “again”, as they learnt to be overcomers from the slavemaster. Lesson learnt, they beat their French coloniser, enslaved many, and ruled the waves. They asked no reparations and got none — success is the best revenge! Blacks who cry poverty and blame slavery need to know “the poor are potential millionaires frustrated by ignorance and their own rulers”. Selah!

History is an inexact science, but to learn from it may mean life or death, poverty or prosperity. The Queen is head of a millennium “family firm”, and if you can't flex you don't last! She is a strategist and, at 92, sharp as a tack. She and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby set the new template for politicians (who were not invited). She pulled off a massive coup — her last? Every talk show, pub; Brixton (Kingston 22) had jerk chicken and party, for show — monarchy reborn! She allowed the 'Markle effect' to run its course — a balm to heal hurt, prejudice; so young royals unleash innovation and the browning of Britain moves apace. Check this: The palette of the firm is now white, black, and soon mocha kids. America now has a seat on the board. Her veil embroidered with Commonwealth flora is virtue signalling of a high order as 'Princess Black' markets in the argot of all 53 members, near two billion people. Brexit or not, this is powerful stuff and may in time marginalise America and the European Union! Selah.

The Queen's magnum opus is in titles “duke and duchess of Sussex”. Meghan is not the first woman of colour to join the firm, but the first duchess of Sussex. The first duke, born 1773, son of King George III, got married without consent so the King nullified it and he lived in sin and anonymity with his lady and kids. He was a rebel; opposed royal privilege and transatlantic slavery. Did The Queen restore this dukedom to affirm the anti-establishment principles of the first Duke? Our rich, activist princess, with a load of UN charity work, and Harry will shape a new order. Success is the best revenge!

Will this help reparations? Our bold-face move to cash in on long dead ancestors to pay down debt is not cool as Jews, Mau-Mau, Japanese got personal cash while alive. Will men who had no slaves pay men who were not slaves? Windrush, Markle sparkle embolden them to tap the British ATM as they say slave mentality causes black poverty. If slavery denatured our ancestor's DNA, and we have it, has it made blacks superior to whites or inferior? The University of the West Indies' scientists must tell us as there are consequences. The reparation crew seeks cash for this alleged disability, but can cash cure mental slavery? Selah.

The royal wedding was a master work unlike others and with Meghan writ large. Even Prince Philip, with having just done hip surgery, came — respect! The Queen showed emotion; Meghan got Harry to wear a beard though Ladbrokes odds was seven to three against. Bishop Currie's saucy sermon made stiff upper lips laugh in the sanctuary. It was escape from our bloody, tawdry, pedestrian lives. Pomp and circumstance by an elite military; St George's Choir's descant; Sheku Kanneh-Mason, black cellist (Young Musician of the Year 2016); London's Kingdom Choir; Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas — all fabulous. Did they have reggae, drill, gangsta rap at the Frogmore fete? To the 55-minute ceremony add Oprah, Idris Elba, the Beckhams, and happy faces from Australia to Alaska; my joy was full.

My hero was Doria Ragland, University of Southern California graduate, clinical therapist, Meghan's confidante; quiet, nervous, tearful. She needed a shoulder, Charles gave a hand, so she too has a new family. The Queen allowed it!

The firm strategises long term. Years ago when The Queen made our Rose Hudson-Wilkin her personal Chaplain, who saw the play? Female, black, why? Meghan, Harry are now known by billions and will ease the monarchy into the 22nd century with a Jamaican as spiritual guide. The scion of slaves joins the scion of slavers to heal a sick world. Should Mayberry offer shares in this firm? Buy! Stay conscious!

Franklin Johnston, D Phil (Oxon), is a strategist and project manager; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK); and teaches logistics and supply chain management at the Mona School of Business and Management, The University of the West Indies. Send comments to the Observer or franklinjohnstontoo@gmail.com.

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