Queen Elizabeth officially speaks about Harry and Meghan and uses their real names
The Queen of England has officially given her approval for Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle. Although the pair was engaged last year and the date set, they still needed an official approval.
According to People, the letter of approval was drafted on March 14, 2018. Queen Elizabeth even called Harry and Markle by their official first names in the letter.
Prince Harry, 33, and Markle‘s royal wedding is barely two months away. Finally, the Queen has officially given the couple her blessing.
Harry had to obtain formal permission from the monarch to marry under the Succession to the Crown Act. That permission was formally granted via a letter from Buckingham Palace.
Though the letter is formal, the Queen couldn’t resist writing a few sweet words about her grandson. She also used the given names for both Harry and Markle.
Meghan is actually the royal bride-to-be‘s middle name. Her given first name is Rachel, the same as her Suits character.
‘My Lords, I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle, which Consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the Books of the Privy Council.’
Queen Elizabeth, People, March 15, 2018
There were two more pages in the document. This included the royal-approved language that reiterated the Queen’s full support of Harry and Markle’s marriage.
Though the Queen’s approval of the match was assumed from the early days of Harry’s relationship with the actress, in the past, it might not have occurred. Royal fans know that Markle is divorced.
In the past, several royal relationships hit a snag or nearly caused a constitutional crisis when a royal wanted to marry a divorcée. The late Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, broke off her romance with Captain Peter Townsend because he was divorced.
Margaret went on to marry photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones in May 1960.
But it has been reported that she never completely forgave her sister or the crown for disallowing her to marry Townsend. King Edward VIII famously abdicated the throne to marry the twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson.
But the Church of England’s stance on divorce has finally relaxed. That meant there was nothing standing in the way of Harry and Markle’s happiness.
The pair will marry at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018.