In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, Britain is reeling in the midst of the biggest scandal of 2020 so far: Megxit.
Yep – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have decided to “step back as senior members of the Royal Family.”
Talk about a statement that left, not just the Royal Family – but a country, a monarchy, and truly, the world – picking up their jaws from the floor.
Meghan and her son are already in Canada, where Harry will soon join. So it appears that, this wasn’t some empty threat. They mean business.
And, sitting here in America, as a casual observer, sure, I’m tuning in to watch the drama unfold. But I couldn’t help but think about this whole scandal from a different perspective.
Right now, the whole buzz is…will they be stripped of their royal title as “Duke and Duchess?” There was apparently a royal summit to discuss it. The whole of Britain is fiercely divided. And everyone and their brother has an opinion.
Naturally, so do I…but not in the way you may be thinking.
I’ve been watching this unfold through the lens of a biblical kind.
Because as the daughter of the King — and admittedly: former prodigal daughter — this whole narrative is just so…well…I’ve heard it before.
Here’s the truth of the matter, that speaks much, much deeper than a catchy Megxit tabloid headline.
This whole title-stripping debate…it honestly, doesn’t matter.
Whether they are formally acknowledged as Duke/Duchess of Sussex or not, the truth of the matter is that they will always be part of the Royal Family. Why? Because Harry was born into that family. It is in his make up, his blood, in the very essence of who he is. He is the son of royalty. And no declaration, or transatlantic move, or temper tantrum, or stripping of a title can do anything to actually change that. He is a royal. Period.
And so it is with us and God.
We are daughters and sons of the King. And there is nothing we can do to change that fact. Nothing.
I believed that the horrible and destructive way I lived during my eating disorder, disqualified me from that position as a Child of God.
The guilt and shame that I carried in the depths of my heart, made me believe that I was exempt from His love. From His mercy. From His forgiveness.
What I had done was too horrific to be saved from.
Friends, how wrong I was.
The fact is, nothing — no act of disobedience, no season of depravity, not even the destructive disorder I had let become my everything — nothing is too great for God’s ocean of mercy and love for us.
We are never too far gone. That “title” of son/daughter of the King — sure, we can renounce it all we want, but He never does. He never disowns us, or strips us of that title.
It is written into our innermost being. Knit into the fabric of who we are.
Our freedom comes when we claim that. When we embrace it and then live from that truth.
My recovery turned around when I accepted that truth that I was a daughter of the King, completely forgiven, completely loved, and completely worthy of the abundant life He wanted me to have, and created me for.
It was in letting that wash over my spirit that I could then make the positive and healthy decisions that supported my recovery, and grew in relationship with Him.
Harry and Meghan – they can fight, tooth and nail, to distance themselves from “the Royals” — but the fact of the matter is that it is written into Harry’s DNA. Just like you and I, with God.
So let’s sit back, pop the popcorn, and watch the drama unfold. Because if you ask me — it’s like watching a dog chase it’s tail.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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