At first the news about the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle looked like a real fairy-tale come true. But now it seems the couple is facing some serious problems after it was discovered that the princess to be was hiding a not so little secret of her own.
The picture perfect couple was not so perfect at all. Looks like the actress was doing what she does best, playing the role of her life.
Recent news suggest that she might not be able to marry Prince Harry in the Church of England which officiates the royal weddings.
The plan was that they would get married in May, but as it appears they’ll be facing some setbacks on the way.
Harry marrying a common American actress was not the only thing that they chose to do differently from other England royalty. Markle also had a divorce behind her. Namely, she was married to a Jewish film director by the name of Trevor Engleson, back in 2011 and two years later they got divorced.
Divorce is not exactly something that will pass easily in the royal sphere, so they will need some special permission to carry on with the wedding that is scheduled for this Spring. The two will need a special license from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Queen herself.
According to the PEOPLE Magazine :For centuries, divorce was frowned upon by the Church of England and members of the British royal family were forbidden — or at the very least, strongly discouraged — from marrying someone who was divorced.
The history-shaking controversy surrounding Edward’s abdication, as fans of The Crown will attest, has never been forgotten by Queen Elizabeth, who was just 10 when her uncle stepped aside — paving the way for her own ascension to the throne. Edward married Simpson in 1937 in exile in France.
But this is a different era. As reported bu People Magazine : In 2002, the General Synod – the governing body of the Church of England – voted to recognize “that some marriages regrettably do fail.” They added, “there are exceptional circumstances in which a divorced person may be married in church during the lifetime of a former spouse.” Any decision “as to whether or not to solemnize such a marriage in church after divorce rests with the minister.”
But, the divorce is not the only problem for Markle to marry the prince. The question about her religion has naturally posed itself. She will have to state her religious beliefs.On one hand she was married to a Jew and their marriage was officiated in a Jewish ceremony but on the other hand she attended a private Catholic school as a child. Her religion could be a very big problem in marrying the Prince of England in the traditional way, in the walls of the Church of England.
From People Magazine clarify that : “In order to remain in the line of succession, members of the royal family cannot be Catholic. The vast majority are members of the Church of England, with the Queen serving as the head of the church. And until 2013, laws forbade members of the family from marrying someone who is Catholic. It was a restriction couples could work around: Peter Phillips’s wife, Autumn, converted from Catholicism before their May 2008 wedding. If she hadn’t, Phillips — the Queen’s eldest grandchild, who is 13th in line to the throne — would have lost his place in the line of succession.”
They say that however in 2013 these laws were modernized. “Now, those in the immediate line of succession can marry anyone they like, regardless of religion (provided they have permission from the monarch if they’re one of the first six in line to the throne). The rules regarding gender were also changed so that a first-born daughter would inherit the throne, irrespective of whether a boy followed. Under the previous primogeniture rule, any boy would take priority over an older sister.”
According to sources, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby will have no objections marrying Harry and Markle, as he did in the case of Prince Charles and Camilla.
A close source to the Archbishop stated that,“Following the guidelines of the Church of England, the Archbishop wouldn’t have any problem with officiating with their wedding if it got to that point”.
This surely gives Markle great comfort. The fairy-tale wedding might just play out successfully in the end. But Markle has still one big obstacle to overcome and that is, to win the heart of the queen. This will be no easy task, but for the time being the preparations for the wedding are continuing on, and it looks like the pair has something more casual in mind.