Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday morning, as well as announcing that the two would be getting married sometime next year.
As you can imagine, the announcement attracted quite a bit of attention from the media. But one article by The Telegraph received more attention than most. The British newspaper asked handwriting expert, a face reader, an astrologer, a numerologist, and a relationship counselor how long the couple's marriage would last.
For reference, a numerologist is someone who believes that life works in cycles, "and by interpreting the numbers one to nine within these cycles, numerologists can gain insights into our personalities and relationships - using just a name, and a place of birth."
Unsurprisingly, people were somewhat confused by all the pseudoscience; as one person put it, "The Telegraph talked to a handwriting expert, a face reader, an astrologer, a numerologist and a relationship counselor to see if Meghan and Harry's marriage will last, and it is absolutely mad." Another Twitter user called it "terrible" that they were contemplating the couple's potential success as they "are embarking on their life together."
As one person pointed out, this sort of sensationalist journalism played a role in the death of his mother, Princess Diana, as she was chased by paparazzi with her significant other — with the two ultimately dying in a car crash. Others questioned the motive, noting that there weren't any articles of the like when Harry's older brother, Prince William, announced his engagement to his now-wife, Kate Middleton. All in all, nearly everyone seemed to be entirely disappointed in the attempt to make a salacious story out of literally nothing.
Here as Distractify, we're rooting for Meghan and Harry — and we don't care what any numerologist, handwriting expert, or anyone else has to say! What do you think?