Of Special Relationships

Well, in case you missed it there was a wedding at St. George’s Chapel, in Windsor castle this morning. A half black American divorcee married Prince Harry. I didn’t plan on watching but I was up, so I watched a fair amount of it. It was an interesting service, a combination of traditional Church of England and American African Episcopal. It worked amazingly well together. But then the United Kingdom and the United States usually do.

St George’s Chapel is the mother church of the Order of the Garter, the oldest and most prestigious order of chivalry in the world, founded by King  Edward III, also the founder of the order in 1348.

It is also the burial place of King Henry VIII and George III (and a fair number of others) but those two are arguably the two most important in American history, one the author of the original Brexit, and the turning of England away from Europe and out into the world, and the other one of the causes of the United States. Wonder what they would have thought!

So maybe it’s a good time to take stock of the general Special Relationship. Despite Brexit (as the BBC would surely say) and Trump. it continues with a deep bond between our peoples. Actually, I think that both Brexit and Trump strengthen it. Both are well within our character. Neither country is likely to take well to being ruled by a foreign so-called elite.

Ginny Montalbano interviewed Nile Gardiner about that very thing.

Ginny MontalbanoHow do you see the U.S.-U.K. alliance under the Trump administration so far?

Nile Gardiner: I think overall the current state of the special relationship is very strong. And so the interaction between the British government and the U.S. administration at the moment is very close-knit.

I would say that it’s stronger today than it was under the Obama administration, when there were significantly more tensions and disagreements between the two sides. And a good example of that was the Obama administration’s lack of support for Britain over the Falklands issue against a backdrop of Argentine aggression.

Right now the special relationship is in very good health. You have a U.S. administration that is very pro-British, is very pro-Brexit, that is strong in favor of a U.S.-U.K. free trade agreement, and works incredibly closely with the British government in every area.

Montalbano: Sort of unexpectedly, President Trump has struck up a great dynamic with the French president, Emmanuel Macron. Has that dynamic affected our relationship with the U.K.?

Gardiner: I don’t really think that the recent state visit by the French president makes any difference in terms of the U.S. relationship with Britain. Clearly, Emmanuel Macron has launched a charm offensive in Washington.

But the reality remains that as much as the French aspire to their own special relationship with Great Britain, there is only one special relationship, and that is between the United States and the United Kingdom.

France, of course, is an important ally of the United States, but the strength of the bond between the United States and the United Kingdom is far, far deeper.

I would say that unquestionably today America’s most important ally on the world stage remains Great Britain. When you look at the U.S.-French partnership … there’s a lot of disagreement between the two sides on a wide variety of policy areas.  And I think ideologically Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump are worlds apart.

So while they have struck a good working relationship,  the worldviews of Macron and Trump are very, very different. There’s more synergy, I think, between the foreign policy of U.S. administration and Great Britain right now than there is between the U.S. and France.

MontalbanoThe royal wedding is coming up. Meghan Markle, who is 36, is older than Prince Harry, who is 33. She’s American, biracial, and divorced. What are the implications of this American actress marrying into the royal family?

Gardiner: You have an American marrying into the royal family for the first time certainly since the days of Edward and Mrs. Simpson. This is highly significant, because this will undoubtedly strengthen the bond between the United States and the United Kingdom, the two most important defenders of freedom on the world stage.

With an American marrying into the royal family, that can only be a huge positive for the royal family and for the U.S.-U.K. relationship. I think Meghan Markle will be very warmly welcomed by the royal family and by the British people, and I think she already has been.

I have no doubt that she and Prince Harry will be tremendous representatives for the royal family, not only in Britain but across the world.

I pretty much agree with him, and one thing that I like about Harry, now Duke of Sussex, is that he is the first royal in a long time to be a combat veteran, in Afghanistan, we have seen often how much better that makes men, and I doubt it is different with him,

And I really like that they invited no (none, nada) politicians to the wedding. Not to mention that sewn into her veil was a flower from each of the Commonwealth countries. A family affair.

We’ve been friends with the cousins now for a century, and I see no reason for it not to last as long as our countries do.

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10 Responses to Of Special Relationships

  1. Nicholas says:

    A lovely piece, NEO. Thank you for writing about it. I felt it wouldn’t foster unity at AATW because there would be certain complaints.

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  2. Neo, there seems to be a lot of focus on her being a divorcee, I haven’t seen, admittedly haven’t looked too hard, whether she was for sure baptized at the time of first marriage or whether her first marriage was a valid Christian wedding. I think as Christians it’s important to make the distinction. If they didn’t have a valid first marriage than she wouldn’t be a divorcee.

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    • NEO says:

      True enough, I haven’t a clue. In secular terms she is, and that’s what I was referring to. I also don’t think it matters except to a few like us, and God. She doesn’t strike me as overly (or overtly, for that matter) as a particularly good Christian either.


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