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How the Queen could have stopped Charles marrying Diana with law change?


Her Majesty wanted to do away with a royal law that had long outlived its purpose in a move that could have stopped her son marrying Diana, a book has revealed.

We all know that Charles and Diana’s marriage was a complete fail.

The pressures of a royal marriage are there for all to see. As it is a union in which there is an element of public ownership in addition to private commitment.

Princess Margaret was persuaded not to marry the divorced Peter Townsend, in 1978. However, she was at length permitted to divorce Lord Snowdon.

Margaret was never heir to the throne. 

Prince Charles saw it as a happy precedent when his sister, Anne married a commoner, Captain Mark Philips, in 1973. Though, she was freer to choose, with her three brothers between her and the throne.

In a book, ‘Charles, Prince of Wales’ by Anthony Holden, the author reveals how Queen Elizabeth once wanted to abolish the Royal Marriages Act in favour of Charles having more freedom with his marriage plans.

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Had she been successful, the history books could have been rewritten. This is because Charles would have been free to marry Camilla prior to his engagement to Princess Diana.

Mr Holden wrote in his book:-

“Her Majesty has it in mind to persuade Prime Minister to do away with the Royal Marriages Act. The Royal Marriages Act has long outlived it’s purpose”.

In November of 2017, Prince Harry shared his plans to marry former American actress, Meghan Markle with the public. But, it wasn’t until March 15, 2018 that their engagement became official.

That was when the Queen released a statement giving her formal consent for the couple to wed. Without it, their marriage would have been considered invalid under the British law.

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The 1772 Royal Marriages Act stated:-

“Every marriage, or matrimonial contract, of any such descendant, without such consent first had and obtained, shall be null and void to all intents and purposes whatsoever”.

This rule received an update in the year 2013. It was changed with the passing of the Succession to the Crown Act. Today, only the first six royals in line to the throne require the reigning monarch’s permission to validate their marriages.