If they decide to tie the knot, that is.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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A fairy tale wedding may be the ultimate wedding dream, but it looks like an option that could now become reality for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But isn't that how things have always been? Actually, thanks to a couple of interesting British laws, there was a time when Harry and his divorcee girlfriend could not have legally tied the knot.

It's only in the last fifteen years or so that divorced people have been permitted to be married in the Church of England, but if evidence of their romance is any indicator, we're guessing Harry's pretty happy to know he has a clear path to "I do" if he decides to pop the question! According to Elle and the Express, a spokesman for Westminster Abbey has made sure the details are crystal clear, saying, "The Abbey follows the General Synod Ruling of 2002. Since then it has been possible for divorced people to be married in the Church of England."

The spokesman went on to acknowledge that Markle's Jewish background wouldn't prevent her from tying the knot with Harry in an interfaith marriage, either. Previous laws under the Act of Settlement of 1701 forbade any royal in the direct line of succession from marrying a Catholic, although an amendment in 2015 modified that particular legality, too.

Still, ancient laws aren't the only thing standing in between Harry and Markle's happily ever after. If he does decide to propose, Harry would first have to request and receive permission from the Queen and possibly obtain a special license from the Archbishop of Canterbury because of Markle's previous marriage to producer Trevor Engelson. Wow! With all these laws and amendments, this couple will certainly have earned that unforgettable wedding day. Kind of makes heading to the city clerk's office for a marriage license look easy!


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