By Amit Roy
SOME people have suggested that at 21, Brooklyn Beckham, who has announced his engagement to 25-year-old actress Nicola Peltz, daughter of an American billionaire, is too young to get married, but the union has been blessed by his parents, David and Victoria Beckham.
According to Hindu philosophy, the desirable age for a wife should be half the age of her husband plus seven. So, in theory, Brooklyn’s parents should be looking for a daughter-in-law aged 17 years and six months.
In India of old, a woman of 25 would be considered pretty much abandoned on the shelf. And in rural India, Brookyn would have been betrothed at 11 to a girl of probably eight or nine from the next village. So it is a good thing that society is moving on and the old customs are being abandoned.
Brooklyn does not have a job as such, but the boy can tweet: “Two weeks ago I asked my soulmate to marry me and she said yes xx I am the luckiest man in the world. I promise to be the best husband and the best daddy one day. I love you baby xx.”
And Nicola replied reassuringly: “You’ve made me the luckiest girl in the world. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life by your side. your love is the most precious gift. I love you so so much baby.”
The couple are favourites to win the Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas PDA prize.
On her 38th birthday last Saturday (18), Priyanka’s husband, who is nine years her junior, wrote on Instagram: “I could stare into your eyes forever. I love you baby. You are the most thoughtful, caring and wonderful person I have ever met. I am so grateful we found one another. Happy birthday beautiful.”
Like Brooklyn, Priyanka’s preoccupation seems mostly with social media. Of her former best friend, Meghan Markle, we hear nothing. Probably, Meghan has moved on.