Date and Chapel Confirmed! Newly Engaged Royal Couple on the Wedding, Citizenship, and Princess Diana
With a royal wedding date set for May 2018, Britain’s Royal Family has announced that the beginning of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s happily ever after will take place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
This exciting announcement means that the third child of Prince William and Princess Kate that will presumably be born (as Princess Kate is said to be due in April 2018), will push Prince Harry from fifth in line to the throne to sixth in line to the throne.
Moreover, according to the Royal Collection Trust, within St. George’s Chapel “are the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, and Charles I.” Ironically, the Telegraph recently reported that one of Markle’s ancestors was “beheaded on the orders of Henry VIII, his wealth and land confiscated after a spectacular fall from favour.”
As Windsor Castle is one of the Queen’s main residences, the couple had to obtain permission from Prince Harry’s grandmother to use the 15th century chapel. Not only did the Queen agree, but Kensington Palace released a tweet explaining that the royal family will also pay for the wedding. More information is set to be released “in due course,” leaving many wondering if it will soon be announced that the royal wedding will call for a bank-holiday for English citizens, like Prince William’s marriage to Princess Kate did back in April 2011.
Following the announcement of the wedding date and location, USA Network revealed that the future Duchess of Sussex will also be leaving her role as Rachel Zane on Suits after seven seasons in the role.
“Following the news of Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry, the beloved Suits star will depart from USA’s legal drama at the end of season seven, which returns to the network in early 2018,” USA reported via a blog post.
Markle’s costar, Patrick J. Adams, played Markle’s fiancé on the show and congratulated the actress on her off-screen romance via Instagram after the news broke on Monday.
“Playing Meghan’s television partner for the better part of a decade uniquely qualifies me to say this: Your Royal Highness, you are a lucky man and I know your long life together will be joyful, productive and hilarious,” Adams finished his sweet note by adding, “Meghan, so happy for you, friend. Much love.”
As enthusiasm over the newly engaged couple’s announcement continues to grow, CNN has reported that a spokesman of the royal family confirmed that Meghan Markle intends to become a U.K. citizen but would retain U.S. citizenship through the process.
It is still too early to say whether the actress will retain dual nationality or if she will renounce her U.S. citizenship but the process is expected to take several years to complete.
Many are taking Prince Harry marrying an American woman without citizenship in the U.K. as another sign of the monarchy modernizing. The fact that she is also a divorcee seems not to have caused much of a stir in the royals’ eyes either, nor should it have, considering that Queen Elizabeth II governs the Church of England which allows people to remarry.
In fact it was only in 2005 that, after a divorce from Princess Diana was finalized in August 1996, Prince Charles was remarried to Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony at a Windsor Town Hall.
Kensington Palace has confirmed that Markle will be baptized in the Church of England prior to her nuptials and that she, like all divorcees remarrying in the church, will be asked a series of questions to ensure that past hurts have been “healed” and past mistakes learned from.
It seems as if Meghan Markle is being easily accepted into the family as the Palace also announced on Tuesday that she and Prince Harry would undertake official royal duties together immediately. For their first official royal engagement, on Friday the couple are scheduled to visit Terrence Higgins Trust in Nottingham on World AIDS Day for a charity fair.
“Prince Harry has spent a significant amount of private and public time in the city, and His Royal Highness is looking forward to introducing Ms. Markle to a community that has become very special to him,” the Palace said in a press release.
“Playing Meghan’s television partner for the better part of a decade uniquely qualifies me to say this: Your Royal Highness, you are a lucky man and I know your long life together will be joyful, productive and hilarious.”
Prince Harry’s work to fight stigmas surrounding HIV/AIDS, and the spread of the disease, has been a wonderful continuation of his mother’s legacy. Princess Diana famously shook the hand of a man living with the illness at the height of the AIDS epidemic to help fight the wrongful belief that the disease could be transmitted through touch.
There is no doubt that the late Princess Diana is in the thoughts of the royal family constantly. Prince Harry said during a Television interview on Monday that ”so no it’s – you know it is days like – days like today when – when I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news…But you know with the ring and with everything else that’s going on I’m sure she’s-”
“She’s with us,” Markle supplied.
“I’m sure she’s with us yeah,” Prince Harry agreed. “You know, jumping up and down somewhere else.”
Asked whether he believed his mother and his fiancé would be friends, Prince Harry responded without hesitation, “Oh they’d be thick as thieves, without question, I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, you know so excited for me, but then, as I said, would have probably been best friends – best friends with Meghan.”
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