Rumours of a royal engagement were finally confirmed when Clarence House made the official announcement that Britain’s Prince Harry and his actress girlfriend Meghan Markle are to tie the knot.
While first to congratulate the happy couple was Britain’s Queen and grandmother of Harry, Elizabeth II, she may also be the first to turn down an invite.
Meghan has been married before – to 41-year-old film producer Trevor Engelson, from whom she is divorced four years – which means that while the Queen has given her permission for the couple to marry, as head of the Church of England she may not be in a position to support the second marriage of a divorcee, meaning she might not attend the wedding ceremony of the happy couple come spring 2018.
When Prince Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005, the Queen did not attend the ceremony, instead only attending the wedding reception with husband Prince Philip afterwards.
“I am not able to go,” the Queen told a friend at the time, according to The Telegraph.
“I do not feel that my position [as Supreme Governor of the Church] permits it.”
“The Queen takes her position as Supreme Governor of the Church of England incredibly seriously. She also has great personal faith,” the friend said.
Prince Charles sought the approval of his mother before proposing to Camilla, and their engagement was announced in February 2005. The following month, the queen released her official letter of consent to their union.
The couple were married in a civil ceremony – the first member of the royal family to do so – at Windsor Guildhall, followed by a reception held by the Queen at Windsor Castle.
Earlier this year the Express reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could tie the knot in Westminster Abbey, despite Meghan being a divorcee, however they added that it is believed the Archbishop of Canterbury would need to provide a special licence for any potential nuptials.