Prince Harry may have to jump through hoops to propose to Meghan Markle — and it’s not because she’s American
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry seemed to be headed towards engagement.
Many have questioned if her previous marriage, Catholic faith, or American citizenship would be factors in determining whether she can actually marry Harry.
Divorcees have married royals in the past, laws against royals marrying Catholics have been abolished, and there’s nothing saying that a British royal can’t marry an American.
These things could cause snags, but would likely not be reasons for the Queen to deny a request for permission for Harry to marry Meghan.
The world has been fascinated with American actress and philanthropist Meghan Markle, especially since she began dating Prince Harry. And although they’re not officially engaged yet, they’re reportedly “acting like” they’re going to get married, which is sending royal wedding watchers into over-drive.
Harry and Meghan’s relationship has raised some questions though, specifically about how easy it would be for them to get engaged since she is an American “commoner” and he is a British royal. Despite some speculation, there’s actually nothing preventing a member of the royal family from marrying a citizen of another nation.
But that doesn’t mean their trip the alter would be an easy one.
The royals’ policy on marrying divorcees.
Markle was previously married to film producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 until they filed for divorce in August 2013. There is nothing specifically saying that royals cannot marry divorcees, but there has been precedent for denying a marriage because of this.
Queen Elizabeth’s sister Princess Margaret chose to end her relationship with divorced British pilot Captain Peter Townsend after she said that she could not go against the will of the church.
“Mindful of the Church’s teaching that Christian marriage is indissoluble, and conscious of my duty to the Commonwealth, I have resolved to put these considerations before any others,” she said at the time.
It was assumed that Princess Margaret could not get permission from her sister to marry Townsend, but documents later revealed the Queen Elizabeth would have granted her permission — she just would have required Margaret give up her rights to succession to the throne.
In 2015, BBC reported that the rules were changed so only the first six people in line for the throne have to ask for the Queen’s permission to marry. Harry is sixth in line, which means that he’ll still have to ask permission to marry Markle. But in good news for the couple, the Queen has recently shown that she is lenient on the subject of divorce.
Harry’s father Prince Charles divorced Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, before marrying his now-wife Camila, who was also previously divorced. The pair waited years to finally get married and, when they did, it wasn’t in a church. Rather, they had a civil ceremony and a blessing at a church following the ceremony, which the queen attended.
For what it’s worth, a spokesman for Westminster Abbey told Express UK that divorcees could remarry at the church.
So it’s not likely that Markle’s previous divorce will totally shut her out from marrying Harry, but the will still have to ask for his grandmother’s permission.
Another church, however, could pose problem for the pair.
Markle’s previous marriage may be considered, but likely won’t impede any wedding plans.
The royals policy on marrying Catholics.
A centuries-old rule once prevented royals from marrying people of the Catholic faith. But that rule was changed in 2015, meaning royals are now free to marry anyone of any faith, should the queen approved.
That’s good news for Markle, as she attended all-girls Catholic school Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. It’s not clear, however, if she’s still a practicing Catholic. Previous reports claimed that Markle is Jewish, but those were proven to be false.
This doesn’t put them completely out of hot water, especially if they had children. The rule change still prevents ruling monarchs from being Roman Catholic themselves. So, should Markle and Harry marry, any children they have cannot be raised Catholic, or they will not be eligible to be a monarch.
This may not be an issue though, because it’s unlikely Harry or any children of his would end up the ruling Monarch, as they would be quite low on the line of succession. So it’s definitely not a lost cause at all, but likely something the queen would take into consideration when giving Harry permission.
What does this mean for Markle and Harry?
Odds are still looking good that Markle and Harry could get married with little complication. It seems that the Crown’s policies on divorcees and Catholics are only evolving and it’s not likely that these alone would prevent the Queen from giving her permission. It’s also worth noting that the Queen has never formally denied a request for permission to marry someone.
Odds are also looking good for the two because, as Us Weekly reports, Markle has reportedly already met the Queen and most of Harry’s family, which seemed to have gone well.
Only time will tell if we’ll have a royal wedding on our hands, but if Harry is determined to propose, it seems that he can. Then it’s just a matter of Markle’s answer.
Source: thisisinsider com
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