From the very start of their engagement, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had an uphill battle in regards to getting Harry’s grandmother’s permission to marry. Meghan, a commoner who was wed once before, is far from the ideal princess that the Queen would have desired for her grandson.
Although we live in 2018, many members of the British royal family still live by different rules than most of the rest of us. In this case, Harry and Meghan are not necessarily allowed by the Church of England, of which the Queen is the “Supreme Governor,” to marry. The issue is that Meghan was married before and when someone has been married before, and has consummated the marriage, as we can assume Meghan and her former husband did, and if the former spouse is still alive, which Meghan’s former husband is, then said person may then not be allowed to marry, within the church, into the royal family.
As it turns out, the Archbishop of Canterbury gets to make the ultimate decision as to whether or not Meghan and Harry can marry within the church. Therefore, it is expected that Meghan will be interviewed by the Archbishop so that he may make a determination on this issue. As reported by Freedom Daily, “Meghan is a divorcee, but the Church of England agreed in 2002 that divorced people could remarry in [the] church under certain circumstances, at the discretion of the priest.”
There is no guarantee, however, that the Archbishop will give them the go-ahead to marry within the church, which is the reason, many suspect, that Prince Harry and Meghan have decided to wed in a small civil ceremony. This does follow in the footsteps of Harry’s father, Prince Charles, who married divorcee Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony, as well.<>
Does this issue with the church presuppose a problem for Meghan and the Queen? Many think it may, which, as Harry’s mother Diana found, could cause real problems as the Queen is still an extremely powerful woman, and not one to be crossed.