Why will the Queen attend Harry’s wedding but not Charles’? Royal butler gives his insight
THE ROYAL WEDDING of Prince Harry, 33, and Suits actress Meghan Markle, 36, will take place in May. The Queen is set to attend, despite Meghan being a divorcee. It is thought the Queen did not attend Charles and Camilla’s wedding for the same reason. Why the change of heart?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are having their royal wedding on May 19.
Though the Queen, 91, has not confirmed her attendance publically it is widely expected she will be present at her grandson’s wedding service at St George’s in Windsor Castle.
However, Her Majesty notably refused to be present at her son Prince Charles’ 2005 wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles, 70.
While the monarch did not make her personal reasons for skipping the service known, it is believe she made the decision as Camilla was a divorcee.
The Telegraph reported in 2005 that a royal source told the paper: “The Queen takes her position as Supreme Governor of the Church of England incredibly seriously. She also has great personal faith.”
The Queen is the Governor of the Church of England, a denomination of the Christian faith created by the Queen’s ancestor Henry VIII.
So why is the Queen attending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, as the actress is a divorcee?
Royal butler Grant Harrold, who has served as a butler for HRH Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, gave his insight.
The butler told Express.co.uk: “People have mentioned it me but I say look Prince Charles’ wedding was 13 years ago, times have changed.
“It could be a change of heart, I don’t know the answer as to why she didn’t go to Charles’ wedding but she was at the second part.”
Royal wedding: Queen will attend Harry and Meghan wedding but missed Prince Charles’ – royal butler gives insight
The Queen’s experience of her uncles’s abdication to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson, which happened when she was a child a made her father king, may have influenced Her Majesty’s decisions making.
Grant said: “You have the unfortunate Edward and Wallace Simpson episode and 70 years later nobody blinks an eyelid.”
Jeremy Kyle, television host, claimed in 2012 that the Queen Mother blames Wallis Simpson for the early death of George VI.
He said: “My father, now in his eighties, was the Queen Mum’s personal secretary and accountant 41 years.”
“She always blamed Wallis Simpson for killing her husband. If not for the abdication and old Bertie becoming king, she believed he’d have lived longer.”
King Henry VIII created the Church of England when he denounced the Pope and Catholicism to leave his wife Catherine of Aragon in 1534.
He went on to marry a further seven times.
In 2002, before Charles’ wedding the church voted for a motion that made marriage of a divorce permitted in church.
The Church of England states in its official statement on marriage in church after divorce: “The Church of England teaches that marriage is for life.
“It also recognises that some marriages sadly do fail and, if this should happen, it seeks to be available for all involved.
“The Church accepts that, in exceptional circumstances, a divorced person may marry again in church during the lifetime of a former spouse.”
Despite any previous tensions it seems that the Queen has set her worries aside to attend Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
Butler Grant said: “It is evolving it is changing and it’s really important it does evolve and does change.
“If the view was the same there would be people who really weren’t happy.”
Grant recently revealed why Meghan and Harry hold hands but Kate Middleton and William don’t.
The couple are often seen holding hands, putting their arms around one another or holding one another close as they walk.