The Queen gives Harry and Meghan formal consent to marry

Though the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been set in stone since November 2017 when Clarence House announced their engagement, only today has Her Majesty The Queen given her formal consent for the marriage to go ahead.

The consent was given during a Privy Council meeting on Wednesday when the Monarch issued her approval, in a declaration, to the nuptials of her ‘most dearly beloved grandson Prince Henry’.

Her Majesty’s declaration read, “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.”

Prince Harry had to seek The Queen’s permission to marry Meghan Markle.

Harry and Meghan are set to tie the knot on May 19th at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The couple will take to the streets of Windsor immediately after their wedding allowing as many gathered well-wishers to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds as possible.

It would have been highly unlikely for The Queen to withhold her blessing though the only time she would say ‘no’ would be on the advice of her Prime Minister. To give her blessing, Her Majesty would have signed an Instrument of Consent – an elaborate notice of approval, transcribed in calligraphy and issued under the Great Seal of the Realm – as she did on the occasion of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding.

Following the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, only the first six in line to the throne require The Queen’s permission to marry. The first six in line currently are:

  • The Prince of Wales
  • The Duke of Cambridge
  • Prince George
  • Princess Charlotte
  • Prince Harry
  • The Duke of York

Had Prince Harry failed to gain The Queen’s permission to marry Meghan Markle, he and his future descendants would have been disqualified from succeeding to the Crown.

Photo Credit: By Chatham House 

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