Prince Harry ‘has already asked the Queen for permission to marry Meghan Markle’

Could Prince Harry ever marry divorcee Meghan Markle? Will Harry and Meghan get engaged?

PRINCE HARRY and his girlfriend Meghan Markle have attended their first wedding as a couple, leading to speculation that they could be preparing for their own engagement.

Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle have been pictured together enjoying some Carribean sunshine at the wedding of Tom Inskip.

Harry was acting as an usher for his friend’s nuptuals, which took place in Montenego Bay in Jamaica.

A friend said: “This the first time that she

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

and Harry have socialised so openly as a couple and is a significant step up in their relationship.

“Make no mistake, he is heads over heels about her. This one could go all the way.”

Prince Harry was pictured holding his girlfriend’s hand after a dinner date in London last month as their relationship continues to gather speed.

Meghan now “virtually” lives at Harry’s Kensington Palace cottage, sources have said.

A friend of the couple’s told The Sun that they have been “inseparable” since the start of the year.

“Meg is not filming in Toronto at the moment so she is free to spend all her time with Harry,” the source said.

The Prince reportedly saw in the New Year with his American girlfriend in London before whisking her away to Norway to see the Northern Lights.

A source told The Sun: “Harry wanted to make this first holiday something Meg will never forget.

“It wasn’t an obvious choice like a glitzy beach resort or tropical island.

“He’d put a lot of thought into it and wanted to make it as romantic and special as possible.”

With the relationship said to be moving “at lightning speed”, royal fans have begun discussing the possibility of a wedding.

Online bookies Betfair are offering 9/4 odds on Prince Harry popping the question. But could Harry marry previously-wed Meghan?

Historically, royals have not been allowed to marry divorcées.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

In 1955 Princess Margaret was forced to sacrifice her relationship with Group Captain Peter Townsend, her late father’s equerry, because he had an ex-wife.

The Queen’s younger sister was told that she would have to renounce her rights of succession in order to go through with the wedding, and ultimately chose to stay true to “the Church’s teachings that Christian marriage is indissoluble”.

Just 19 years earlier, Margaret’s uncle King Edward VIII abdicated after just 326 days on the throne in order to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson.

The move sparked a constitutional crisis due to the Church of England’s teaching that remarriage is not allowed if the former spouse is still alive.

In the decades since, the Church and the Royal Family have modernised their attitudes to marriage.

In 2005, the Queen gave permission for Prince Charles to marry fellow divorcée Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.

While the monarch did not attend the couple’s civil ceremony, she and Prince Philip held a reception for them at Windsor Castle.

Constitutionally, Harry would still need the Queen’s approval before any wedding could be planned.

The Perth agreement of 2011 decrees that the first six in line to the throne need sovereign approval to marry. Harry is currently fifth-in-line, but could be pushed down should Prince William and Kate decide to expand their brood.

Although Meghan and Harry spent New Year’s together, the actress was not invited to spend Christmas with the Royal Family at Sandringham.

While some took Meghan’s absence as a possible sign of the Queen’s disproval, royal expert Katie Nicholl explained that it was simply down to protocol.

“Harry knows the rules of the Royal Family and he knows that until they get engaged, Meghan will not have a place around that Christmas dinner table,” she told ET Online.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

Tags: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Harry Meghan, Marriage, Wedding

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