Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will marry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor today so I think I will write Meghan a letter.
Hope you’re well and congratulations. There’s another Prince at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. An Ethiopian prince. He died on 14th November 1879. Prince Alemayhu was taken from Ethiopia by The British Army after The Battle of Maqdala led by Robert Napier whose official title is 1st Baron Napier of Maqdala.
His father, Emperor Tewdros of Ethiopia, killed himself at the battle of Maqdala. The British Army made the journey back to the coast ladened with looted goods which are held in The British library and The Victoria and Albert Museum (to name just two places) to this day. It is reported The Empress Tiruwork Wube died of illness on the Journey. Meghan you’ll be able to view the looted treasure at your leisure. Prince Alemayhu, the most valuable of all the loot was seven years old.
Back in Englad he was paraded in front of Queen Victoria (she’s your relative now) under the suspicious care of a Captain Speedy. Within eleven years Prince Alemayhu was dead. He died ungraciously at 18. He was buried at St Georges Chapel. There is a brass plaque in the nave of St Georges Chapel to commemorate him. he is buried there too.
As a royal princess you can revisit St Georges Chapel at any time. Maybe you will. The Ethiopian Government requested the return of his remains for reburial in 2007. Meghan you gain two Princes today. Being African-American with great grandparents who were also stolen from Africa i am sure you can see the significance of Ethiopia’s request for his return. You can visit St Georges Chapel at anytime.
The photographs are taken from a presentation from Alula Pankhurst and Hirit Belai for their presenttaion at Maqdala 150 conference in Gondar on 11th April 2018