Prince Harry's upcoming marriage to American actress Meghan Markle, who is a divorcée, has been granted the Church of England's blessing, unlike other British royals who chose to take the same path in the past decades.
The Church of England fell into a crisis when a British royal decided to wed a divorced American in 1936, and the situation led to the abdication of King Edward VIII, who refused to leave Wallis Simpson. Although the Anglican Church bans remarriage for a divorcee whose previous spouse is still alive, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming marriage apparently will not cause a similar public scandal, the Houston Chronicle reported.
In fact, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has not expressed any objections to Prince Harry marrying Markle. He even gave God's blessing of love and happiness to the engaged couple.
"I wish them many years of love, happiness and fulfillment and ask that God blesses them throughout their married life together," said Archbishop Welby. "I am so happy that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have chosen to make their vows before God."
However the Chronicle predicted that the situation would have been different if Markle were Catholic. Although she had studied at Immaculate Heart, a Catholic school in Los Angeles, reports suggested that her parents had opted to enroll her there because of its strong academic background.
Prince Harry's wedding to Markle is set to be held in the spring of 2018. Kensington Palace announced that their union will take place at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May, and more information on the upcoming event will be revealed in due time, The Daily Star detailed.
While Kensington Palace has not mentioned a specific date for the wedding, The Sun said it would likely occur on May 26. If this is true, Prince Harry and Markle's wedding would be a break from royal tradition since this date falls on a Saturday and most of the royal nuptials were held on weekdays.