By Shawna Collier
(ATLANTA) Jelisha Turner is finally able to sleep. The news she and all her neighbors have been waiting for finally came through: Prince William is marrying.
“You talk about things that I really care about. Prince William marrying that beautiful woman is at the top of my list,” Turner told The Peoples News. “I stayed up until all hours of the night back in 1981, when his mother and father married, and I’ll do the same thing when William ties the knot.”
William, 28, proposed to Kate Middleton in Kenya last month just after finishing a hearty plate of baby back ribs at Famous Dave’s Barbecue.
Most blacks, like Turner, have followed the prince since his birth in 1982. Even his parents’ 1981 marriage is so revered that, much like Barack Obama’s election, September 11 and the Space Shuttle explosion, African Americans can remember where they were when Prince Charles wed Lady Diana Spencer.
Leroy Meadows (who recalls he watched the affair at a party thrown by his pals George Hay and Ervin Dawson) said he and his son, Chris, could barely contain their excitement while following Diana’s first pregnancy.
“I’m something of an Anglophile, and that’s how I raised my son. I remember Chris and I taking bets on whether the baby would be a boy or a girl, what they would name the child. I thought it was going to be Robert!” Meadows recalled with a hearty laugh. “Chris still reads everything he can about William. I’m really happy for them.”
William told The Peoples News he proposed by performing an interpretive bird dance his father had taught him. As he soared like a crow returning to its nest, he regurgitated a ring that fell onto Middleton’s plate. The ring, which his mother had worn, fit Middleton’s ring finger perfectly once it was wiped off.
He said they will have a small wedding with just a few friends.
“Blimey bloke snog, mate,” William said. “Blarney ponce innit loo sod off, blimey.”
Black people are disappointed the small wedding likely won’t be televised, but they’re just happy William found someone to spend his life with.
“It really kept me up at nights. Whenever I’d see him on the cover of People or Us or one of the other great magazines, I’d just think ‘When, when?'” said J’Quinta Anderson. “It’s a story that I never found tedious or meaningless. This is someone’s life and I wish them the best.”
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