Her consent was required by the royal family.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Wales
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It's already clear that the royals have welcomed Meghan Markle into their family. The former actress has celebrated holidays with her future in-laws and she's started fulfilling her regal duties. Before she marries Prince Harry, however, a formal declaration of their approval is necessary, and that's just been released.

A release made its rounds this morning, detailing the queen's official endorsement of their marriage. "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," it reads. As many are reporting, this wasn't a superfluous statement. According to royal law, the monarch's permission is required before certain family members can tie the knot. Because Harry's in line to the throne, he's one of those people.

Document or not, Markle's bond with Prince Harry's relatives is strong. For example, "both Kate [Middleton] and Camilla [Duchess of Cornwall] have been doing what they can to make sure Meghan knows she's loved and supported as she navigates her life as a future royal," a source just told Entertainment Tonight. That support includes "advice on royal fashion and go-to designers" from the Duchess of Cambridge!

With the guidance of her future in-laws, Markle's also been baptized into the Church of England. Additionally, she's "been exploring various charitable avenues she'd like to pursue after she gets married," the Entertainment Tonight insider shared. From the looks of it, the celebrity is sure to have a smooth transition into newlywed life.


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