"If the Bamangwato don't object to a white consort and the prospect of half-breed succession," boomed the London Times sternly, "it would not seem to be for the imperial government, pledged before nations to respect equal rights of all races, to overrule them in their own domestic concerns. There, if principle were to prevail over expediency, should be an end of the argument."

Unfortunately, as the Times well knew, neither principle nor the south African tribe of Bamangwato stood much chance of prevailing. When handsome, black, Oxford-bred Seretse Khama, hereditary chief of the Bamangwato, decided to make blonde Ruth Williams,...

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