Following Pippa Middleton’s marriage to James Matthews, all eyes are now on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Royal fans are desperate to see the couple tie the knot and according to recent rumors, the Queen has given her all important stamp of approval. With the thought of another royal wedding on the horizon, here’s what might happen if Harry and Meghan get engaged.
PERMISSION TO MARRY
Before he can officially propose, the Prince would first have to receive permission from the Queen. According to the Successions to the Crown Act, the first six in line to the throne need the monarch’s authorization (Harry is currently fifth in line). It is also widely believed that a special license from the Archbishop of Canterbury would be needed, given the fact Markle was previously married to US film and TV producer Trevor Engelson.
In 2005, the Queen granted her son, Prince Charles, permission to marry Camilla Parker Bowles, despite the fact that Camilla had been divorced and was also Charles’s mistress. Today, Markle shouldn’t have to much to worry about, which will no doubt be welcome news to those who recall Princess Margaret’s heartbreaking decision in 1955, when she broke off her relationship with the divorced Captain Peter Townsend in the name of duty.
There has been some question as to whether or not Harry would be allowed to marry divorcee Markle in Westminster Abbey, the venue for his brother Prince William’s 2011 ceremony. However, a spokesman for the Abbey recently confirmed that their marriage could take place in one of the world’s most famous churches thanks to a recent ruling by the Church of England. “The Abbey follows the General Synod Ruling of 2002,” the spokesperson said. “Since then it has been possible for divorced people to be married in the Church of England.”