The rules for marrying a royal

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Prince Harry wants to turn Princess Diana's tiara into an engagement ring for Meghan Markle Photo (C) GETTY
Prince Harry wants to turn Princess Diana's tiara into an engagement ring for Meghan Markle Photo (C) GETTY

The rules for marrying a royal

When Prince Harry proposes to Meghan Markle – WHEN, not if (don’t ask us to explain, we can just feel it in our waters) – there are obviously going to be rules that have to be followed. And while we’re all individually devastated here (including the married girls), we’re also collectively VERY EXCITED.

Charles and Diana announce their engagement in 1981 Photo (C) GETTY
Charles and Diana announce their engagement in 1981 Photo (C) GETTY
  1. In olden times, royals had to ask the monarch’s permission when they wanted to get married. This dates back to 1701, when the Act of Settlement was passed to stop James II and his Roman-Catholic-loving ways getting back on the throne. Fortunately, we’ve all grown up and moved on – the Queen only needs to grant permission to the first six members of the Royal Family in line to the throne. At the moment, they are Charles, William, George, Charlotte, Harry and Andrew – although the new baby will bump Andrew off the list so he can go mad and run away with a fortune-telling gypsy or a fire-breathing sword-swallower if he likes.
    Kate Middleton has Princess Diana's engagement ring [Getty]
    Kate Middleton has Princess Diana’s engagement ring [Getty]
  2. Meghan has been married before, but that won’t prove to be a problem – which was obviously not true for Harry’s Great-Uncle Edward, who was not allowed to marry HIS girlfriend, Wallis Simpson, the two-time American divorcee. Things have changed. Exhibit A: the Duchess of Cornwall. She is divorced, but the Queen was cool with that.

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    Prince-Harry-wants-to-turn-Princess-Dianas-tiara-into-an-engagement-ring-for-Meghan-Markle-Photo-C-GETTY
  3. Commoners, rejoice! You too shall be welcomed into the Royal Family if the Queen likes the look of you. The Duchess of Cornwall is a commoner (see above) and so is the Duchess of Cambridge. We could ALL have married Harry. Does this make it better or worse?

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 24: Lady Diana Spencer With Prince Charles In The Gardens Of Buckingham Palace On The Day They Announced Their Engagement. ++ Dress Reported As Designed By Cojana And Bought From Harrods (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – FEBRUARY 24: Lady Diana Spencer With Prince Charles In The Gardens Of Buckingham Palace On The Day They Announced Their Engagement. ++ Dress Reported As Designed By Cojana And Bought From Harrods (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
  4. The Church of England has confirmed that Harry and Meghan will be allowed to marry in Westminster Abbey, despite her being a divorcee. It’s no big deal; it’s not like William the Conqueror was crowned there. *Omg, William the Conqueror was crowned there*. *Goes all weird with the weight of history, even though that’s not strictly true because the abbey was rebuilt by Henry III in 1245.

    Prince William gave Kate his mother’s distinctive 18-carat blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
    Prince William gave Kate his mother’s distinctive 18-carat blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
  5. Every royal bride since Queen Victoria has myrtle in her wedding bouquet. Not just any old myrtle, though – it’s from the shrub planted by Queen Victoria at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. #HopeMeghanLikesMyrtleBecauseSheHasToHaveIt

    Queen Elizabeth received a square-cut diamond engagement ring with diamond Photo (C) GETTY
    Queen Elizabeth received a square-cut diamond engagement ring with diamond Photo (C) GETTY
  6. Since the Queen Mother married George VI, royal brides have worn wedding bands that contain Welsh gold from the same nugget mined in North Wales (OK, THAT nugget actually ran out, but the Queen was given another one from the same mine, so it counts). Welsh gold is three times more valuable than other gold. That’s right – it’s more gold than gold. Typical.

    Margaret received a ruby engagement ring that was designed by her future husband, photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
    Margaret received a ruby engagement ring that was designed by her future husband, photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
  7. Sorry, but there are a few things you have to give up when you marry a royal. Like voting. And shellfish. The first one is because you’re supposed to stay politically neutral – so all your complaining about Brexit and the tax on fags will have to happen behind closed doors. The shellfish thing is not a hard-and-fast rule, but something the Queen advises and observes when abroad in order to avoid any awkward food-poisoning scenarios.

    For her marriage to Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Anne chose a sapphire and diamond engagement ring Photo (C) GETTY
    For her marriage to Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Anne chose a sapphire and diamond engagement ring Photo (C) GETTY
  8. Meghan has given up her website, the Tig. She’s already giving stuff up. Like someone who was about to marry a prince. JUST SAYING.

Source: tatler com

Tags: Prince Harry, Shellfish, Royals Wedding, Royal Wedding 

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