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The unbridled joy with which Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle publicly announced their engagement was a beautiful reminder that love makes all things possible. 

Their backgrounds could not be more different. Markle, the daughter of a white Jewish father and an African American mother, is a 36-year-old divorcee from Los Angeles. Prince Harry is the 33-year-old son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. 

Much has been made of the interracial nature of Prince Harry’s relationship with the American actress. There has been criticism and outrage, vitriol and hate. But for me, the pending nuptials of two people so clearly enthralled with each another represent love’s greatest byproduct: hope. If love can propel Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to look beyond racial hatred, love can defeat the scourge of racism. 

I’ve been told more than once that the idea is far-fetched. But I am an incurable romantic. Love can defeat the unconquerable. And let’s be honest: If there is an enemy that looks impossible to defeat, it is the plague of modern racism.

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