The Royal Wedding was a wonderful celebration for all the world to behold. Now that the amazing fairytale dust has settled, there are 4 important lessons we can learn from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
·Be a couple with purpose – While we adored the romantic ideal of the newlyweds, it is important that we not lose sight of the couple’s commitment to their principles. The couple was very purposeful in who was invited to their wedding celebration. Guests were carefully selected based on their service to others and only close friends and family were invited to their personal reception. Discuss your goals as a couple and align your activities and endeavors accordingly.
·Stay together through the storms – The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle received a lot of criticism and even racism prior to getting married. Often, the emotions are so high that both partners struggle to keep outside conflict from impacting their relationship. However, the Royal Couple remained steadfast, focused on their relational goals, and did not publicly allow opposition to put a wedge between them. When this happens in your relationship, try to put boundaries around the relationship in order to withstand outside conflict.
·It’s okay to break tradition – There are many ways the couple broke tradition including Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex’s ethnicity, citizenship, marital status and religious affiliation. However, His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex was able to see past the list of traditional deal breakers and find his true love. The couple’s individuality was also noticed in some aspects of their non-traditional Royal Wedding (i.e. cake, music selection, guestlist, sermon presenter). Examine what aspects of tradition you and your spouse want to keep and which aspects you want to modify.
·Support one another’s individuality – Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have joint tasks, it is refreshing to see how they have supported one another’s individual missions. For example, Prince Harry has been an avid supporter of HIV/AIDS campaigns and the Invictus Games and we have seen photos of his then fiancé, Meghan Markle attending his events. Many times, partners become so focused on the relationship and his/her partner that they forget to maintain a sense of individuality with respect to personal values and interests.