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An open letter to Prince Harry and Meghan: Four things I wish I’d known as a newlywed

We don’t know each other but we have important things in common – and it’s not just that we are both Harrys and both former military helicopter pilots who have seen action. I did get to marry a Kate though ... The biggest thing we have in common is marriage. You’re about to get married, which is marvelous. And I’ve been married to my Kate for thirty two years. We have six children who are now teenagers and young adults. Our married life started off brilliantly and it’s utterly

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The ‘burning injustice’ that the poor no longer marry

Harry and Meghan have just done it. His older brother did it a few years ago. Some of his cousins have done it. And his father has even done it twice. Indeed it would be considered quite odd if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hadn't got married. Royal weddings and marriages are a bit of a tradition. Marriage is what they do. But is that all there is to it? Has marriage been relegated to little more than a tradition? It's certainly the case that many people today would ask why they bothe

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It’s not marriage that’s patriarchal. It’s cohabitation

Marriage is 'heteronormative' and 'patriarchal', according to lawyers representing a couple in the Supreme Court this week. Their gripe is that whereas same sex couples have the opportunity to commit to one another through either marriage or civil partnership, different sex couples who have an ideological objection to marriage have no similar alternative legal structure. T

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Broken homes, broken children

The UK has the highest level of family instability in the entire developed world. Our epidemic levels of family breakdown were highlighted in a recent international analysis by the Social Trends Institute. Yet as a nation we seem to be completely unaware of what is happening to us. Our own analysis at Read more