While many partners still face the pressure of gaining parental permission before marrying their S.O., Prince Harry has it a bit tougher—the royal redhead needs approval from Queen Elizabeth herself before he walks down the aisle. No pressure or anything. While Harry's already set to marry Meghan Markle in two months at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, the Queen just released her official royal consent for the couple to wed...yesterday. Thank goodness this pair's marriage finally has the Queen's blessing!
According to Daily Mail, the British matriarch officially expressed her wedding well wishes in a letter to the advisors of the Privy Council. Queen Elizabeth read the statement aloud at yesterday's meeting, which says, "I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle, which Consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the Books of the Privy Council." And, yes, Harry and Markle's real names are Henry and Rachel, respectively.
Daily Mail also reports that Queen Elizabeth released a similar statement approving of Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 nuptials...a week before their wedding. Her Majesty has to run an entire country and all, so it seems officially approving marriages isn't quite at the top of her agenda. Regardless, though, this news makes us even more excited to bust out our tea and tiaras to watch the royal wedding.
However, this official statement doesn't mean that the Queen hadn't originally approved Harry and Markle's marriage. As per British royal wedding tradition, the Royal Marriages Act of 1772 demands that members of the royal family need the sovereign's consent when it comes to marriage. So, following royal rule, Harry most likely asked Queen Elizabeth's permission prior to his proposal. If the pair were to wed without Queen Elizabeth's consent, Harry and his successors would never be allowed to claim the throne. So, congrats to Markle for wowing her future grandmother-in-law, which is probably no easy feat.
The Queen also has a few more marriage responsibilities on her plate before the May 19 nuptials quickly roll around. With the government, Her Majesty must pre-approve all wedding attendees beforehand (seems like she must be a fan of the Spice Girls, pending their wedding invitations and potential performance). She's also tasked with choosing Harry and Markle's official royal titles (yes, plural) for England and Scotland.
The fact that Markle broke tradition and spent last Christmas with the Queen is already proof that she has an in with the royal family, but we're grateful she and Harry can cross getting the Queen's official consent off their royal wedding planning checklist.