As fifth (soon to be sixth!) in line to the throne, Harry must obtain formal permission from the monarch (a.k.a. his grandmother) to marry under the Succession to the Crown Act. That permission was formally granted on Thursday via a letter from Buckingham Palace. Though the letter is formal, the Queen couldn’t resist dropping a few sweet words about her “dearly beloved” grandson — while also using the given names for both Harry and Meghan.
“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.”
There are two more pages in the document, which includes royal-approved lingo reiterating the same thing: Queen Elizabeth is in full support of Harry and Meghan’s marriage. (No surprise there — we know her beloved corgis are fans of Meghan’s, too!)
Though the Queen’s approval of the match was assumed from the early days of Harry’s relationship with Meghan, in the past, it might not have been. Why? Because Meghan is divorced. In the past, several royal relationships have hit a snag — or nearly caused a constitutional crisis — when a royal wanted to marry a divorcée. Princess Margaret broke off her romance with Captain Peter Townsend because he was divorced, and King Edward VIII famously abdicated the throne to marry the twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson.
But with the Church of England’s stance on divorce relaxed, there was nothing standing in the way of Harry and Meghan’s happiness. We’ll see them tie the knot at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19.