Big news broke from the British royal family: Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle, who is a U.S. citizen, actress, and humanitarian. The announcement produced an immediate frenzy of excitement from commoners wanting to know all the details, and news outlets were happy to oblige.

You may be wondering why this important when so much is wrong in the world today, so Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson share their hot takes in this episode of Persuasion. Is the British royal engagement watch a shallow distraction, akin to U.S. paparazzi celebrity stalking? How is Megan similar to her future sister-in-law Catherine and her finance’s late mother, Diana? Why does a successful royal marriage benefit society as a whole? Learn answers to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: Is it appropriate to join in the royal engagement watch?

Links from the Show:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engaged: Royal knew fiancee was ‘the one’ from ‘very first time we met’Telegraph

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle step out for first joint royal event, CNN

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and News of a Royal Wedding, The New York Times

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