The rules for marrying a royal


The rules for marrying a royal

For when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get engaged – WHEN, not if

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.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle REX FEATURES GETTY IMAGES
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Photo (C) REX FEATURES GETTY IMAGES
  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.
  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.
  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?
  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.
  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
  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.
  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.
  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: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry

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