I am watching and following with fascination this whole mess with Harry and Meghan, I really am not sure what they are anymore, or how they plan to function in society these days, having given up their royal titles with the desire to go it alone.
On the same page of that newsfeed I see another story with a quiz and the tag line that "Most Christian Don't Know these simple Biblical facts." How ironic, because within this story of Harry and Meghan, I see the story of so many fallen Christians. Royals who denounce their inheritance and disassociate from their royal family, because they want things their way. They want to serve their country and their people, but not in the way the Queen dictates. They want to do things their way, to their liking and standards. Wow, is that not the story of so many of us. Isn't Jesus's most famous and heart wrenching parable about just this kind of situation. The son, who having everything that his heart could ever desire as far as wealth, fame, celebrity and fine living, denouncing it all to walk away from a family that loves him, supports him and will even acquiesce to give him things not rightly belonging to him, so he can make his own choices to walk away if he wants to.
Do not so many of us do exactly the same things every day. How many of us have left the Church because of course we want to serve, but we know better, right? We want to serve in our own capacity outside the confines of how the Church outlines we do it, and outside the boundaries of the law that God has given us. We are willing to turn our backs on our royal birthrights through Baptism, because pride and arrogance convinces us that we can do it better without God and without the family of God, which is the Church - and not just any Church, the one Christ founded.
The thing is, God has put each one of us into this world, during this time in history, with our own particular circumstances, gifts, talents and passions, to serve a particular purpose in this Kingdom of God. We are to embrace what God has given us and use it for His purposes and His glory, and we are called to do this in His way. When we go it alone, our works won't matter. Without Christ we are all just noise gongs. We are to serve to give Our Father the glory, and the glory that He defines and dictates, not the glory that we desire and that we dictate. We can't go it alone, without the guidance of the Church and the resources found in the Sacraments to serve and be humble and effective servants. We can always come home if we have walked away, so can Harry and Meghan, I presume. It is never too late, as long as we have not breathed that final breath. The Glory or God and the Kingdom of Heaven can be found right here on earth to any of us baptized as Kings/Queens, Priests and Sons/Daughters of the Kingdom. We just need to realize that it isn't solely our Kingdom and we don't call the shots. God does.