The Week in Women: Love, marriage … and all the weird stuff in between

Britain's Prince Harry and fiancée, U.S. actress Meghan Markle. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Two humans are getting married in England this weekend, and in honor of the wedding event of the year, this week’s newsletter is devoted to love, marriage and all the weird stuff in between. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

Let’s just get this out of the way: Meghan Markle’s dad will not be attending her marriage to Prince Harry on May 19. Thomas Markle recently suffered a heart attack and is reportedly recovering in the hospital following surgery. Meghan said she hopes her father “can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.” On Friday, the palace announced Prince Charles will walk Meghan down the aisle. The revelation that Thomas had taken part in a staged paparazzi shoot, which depicted him doing hilarious things like reading a book titled Images of Britain, caused a bit of a media frenzy this week. The whole thing was probably quite embarrassing, but let’s be honest: When it comes to embarrassing relatives, no one can hold a candle to the royal family.

You know who will be at the royal wedding? A woman trumpeter, for the first time in history. Lance Corporal Kate Sandford has been named one of the six State Trumpeters who will play the fanfare at Meghan and Harry’s nuptials. The State Trumpeters, the famed band of the Household Cavalry, only started allowing women into the group in the mid-1990s. “I feel very proud,” Sanford said. “I’ll be very excited on the day but you’ve got to keep your head on your shoulders and play to the best of your ability.” Good luck, Kate — and try to nab a slice of that rebellious lemon elderflower cake.

And to remind us that love can take many forms: A 43-year-old woman named Sheila Gump is currently acting as a surrogate for her daughter, who underwent a hysterectomy after being diagnosed with cervical cancer. Gump is seven months pregnant with twins — a boy and a girl — conceived through in vitro fertilization. “I just knew I was going to do it from the beginning,” Gump told Good Morning America. “As a mother, you want to see your child happy and with everything in life that you can give them.”

Remember Cat Person, that viral New Yorker story about a terrible hookup? Its author, Kristen Roupenian, granted her first interview to the Sunday Times Style, where she opened up about the encounter that inspired her now-famous short fiction. “I went on the date, it went poorly and we got in a fight,” she said. “And that’s all right, but I thought, ‘I’m 35, how did I make this mistake? How did I misread someone so completely?’” Well, the next time you feel inept at love, just be thankful that your romantic bumbling didn’t end up in the pages of the nation’s most prestigious magazine. Happy Friday, everyone!

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