The Queen Has Formally Given Prince Harry Permission to Marry Meghan Markle
The royal family announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were engaged way back in November. Now, it looks like the Queen has officially given her “dearly beloved grandson” formal permission to marry his love.
HELLO!‘s royal correspondent, Emily Nash, tweeted an image of a letter from Queen Elizabeth II to the Privy Council dated March 14. In it, the ruling monarch writes, “My Lords, 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.” (If you’re curious, Rachel is Meghan Markle’s legal first name.)
— Emily Nash (@emynash) March 15, 2018
While this message from the Prince’s grandmother might seem a tad over-the-top, it’s actually a legal requirement due to the Royal Marriages Act 1772. The act states that all descendants of George II must ask for the monarch’s permission to wed. The Queen also gave her official approval for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage in 2011.
However, according to E! News, in her official message to Wills and Kate the Queen showed her future granddaughter-in-law some affection by writing that she was giving her permission to “Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton.”
The Queen’s official approval of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage comes just two months before the pair are set to wed on May 19 in a ceremony that will include a horse-drawn carriage procession through the streets of Windsor. While there seemed to be no doubt that the wedding would be going ahead as announced, now that the Queen has formally given a nod to the couple, it sounds like nothing can stand in the way of what will surely be the most romantic royal event of the year.
Do/did you feel like you need(ed) approval from anyone in your family before getting married? Let us know @BritandCo!
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!