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Harry’s Gettin’ Hitched

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United Kingdom’s Prince Harry speaks during the opening ceremonies of the the2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada Sept. 23, 2017. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

Britain’s Prince Harry is going to tie the knot.

He recently proposed to American actress Meghan Markle, and she said “yes.”

They announced their engagement on Nov. 27, appearing together before the media.

Harry, 33, is Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and he’s fifth in line to the throne. His mother is the late Princess Diana and his father is Prince Charles (the “heir apparent” to the throne–in other words, he is first in line to become king, should anything happen to Queen Elizabeth).

Meghan Markle in January 2013. Image: Genevieve

Markle, 36, is probably most famous for her role as a paralegal in the TV drama Suits. She has also done humanitarian work. Last year, she travelled to Rwanda for World Vision Canada’s Clean Water Campaign (according to Wikipedia), which supports safe drinking water in Africa.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first public appearance together–in other words, letting everyone in on the “secret” that they were dating–during the recent Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario.

The couple will be married in the chapel of Windsor Castle in London, England, in May 2018.

By Kathleen Tilly and Joyce Grant

Writing/Discussion Prompt
Before the Invictus Games, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle worked hard to keep their relationship a secret. They did not go out together publically and told few people that they were dating. Why do you think they kept this a secret?

Reading Prompt: Elements of Style
The headline of today’s article is very playful. Calling a prince by his first name, and using the word “hitched” to describe an engagement are very informal. Why do you think the author uses those kinds of words here?

Identify various elements of style – including word choice and the use of similes, personification, comparative adjectives, and sentences of different types, lengths, and structures – and explain how they help communicate meaning (OME, Reading: 2.4).

Identify various elements of style – including foreshadowing, metaphor, and symbolism – and explain how they help communicate meaning and enhance the effectiveness of texts (OME, Reading: 2.4).

Language Feature: Synonyms
“Tie the knot” and “Get hitched” are both expressions that mean “become engaged.” Can you think of a synonym (another word or expression that means the same thing) for the words and phrases below? If you can’t think of a popular phrase, you can make up your own expression:

Go on a trip:

Work hard:

Has a lot of money:

Isn’t very trustworthy:

Be excited: