Queen Elizabeth II has officially granted permission to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming union, during a Privy Council meeting at Buckingham Palace Wednesday, according to E!.
With the highly anticipated royal wedding only nine weeks away, Her Majesty made the decree just in time. It’s a necessary notice of approval required of any person within the first six successors to the Crown, about to be married.
The statement reads as follows: "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, which Consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the Books of the Privy Council.”
But royal fans and experts are comparing the statement to the decree released in 2011 for Will and Kate’s union. In that instance, she addressed the now-wedded couple as “Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton.''
Many are pointing out a stark contrast in the use of language applied to the future brides, with Meghan’s name lacking any air of affections whereas Kate’s was hinged with “Trusty and Well-beloved.”
Any insinuations of shade on behalf of the Queen may be pouring out too soon, however, as Meghan is expected to receive more love when the official document is drawn up in writing, as reported by E!.
The legislation requiring Her Majesty’s permission was enacted in 2013. But with the Cambridges’ expecting a new baby (due in April), Harry gets bumped to sixth-in-line for the throne, making him one position away from not needing the formality. He falls in last place following Prince Charles, Prince William, his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and their new sibling on the way.
Harry and Meghan can now (officially) tie the knot on May 19.Meghan MarklePrince HarryQueen Elizabeth IIRoyals