As we wait patiently for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to announce their engagement, we can't help but think about their big-day arrangements. One question that comes to mind rather quickly: Where will Harry and Markle say get married? While many suspect the couple will exchange vows in Westminster Abbey much like Prince William and Kate Middleton, the answer is a bit more complex.
The Suits actress married director Trevor Engelson in 2011, and they split nearly two years later in 2013. For years, divorce was frowned upon by the Church of England, and members of the British royal family were often forbidden from marrying someone who was divorced. When Prince Charles wed his now-wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (who has also been divorced), they married in a civil ceremony because having a religious ceremony was too controversial at the time. Luckily for Markle and Harry, a lot has changed over the years, and they face a more lax monarchy. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is perfectly fine with conducting the ceremony for the couple if asked.
“Following the guidelines of the Church of England, the Archbishop wouldn’t have any problem with officiating with their wedding if it got to that point,” a source close to the Archbishop told People.
According to People, it's very likely Harry and Markle would decide to opt for a more understated ceremony outside of London, rather than mirror Prince William's lavish affair. “Meghan Markle has already been married, so I believe they would have a service of blessing," Historian Hugo Vickers, who is close to the royal family, told the publication. “You wouldn’t necessarily have a big grand ceremony, and it would be more like Charles and Camilla. I don’t imagine that Prince Harry will go for a big grand wedding. He would want to do it his own way."
If the couple were to go for a more low-key ceremony, they would likely marry somewhere like St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. According to insiders, the royal family is very fond of the location. But, before we jump the gun, let's wait for an official announcement.