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Why Queen Elizabeth might not attend Prince Harry’s wedding?

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The whole world is filled up with excitement over Prince Harry’s proposal to Meghan Markle. Well after the Royal announcement, Queen Elizabeth was among the first to give her blessing to the couple.

Whether or not Queen Elizabeth will actually attend the Royal wedding ceremony, however, is up for debate.

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  • The Queen might not attend Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle.
  • The Queen is head of the Church of England, which teaches that marriage is for life.
  • As this is Meghan Markle’s second wedding, she may feel uncomfortable witnessing a divorced woman’s marriage.
  • This stopped her from attending Prince Charles’ second marriage in 2005.
  • At the time, the Queen reportedly said: “I am not able to go … I do not feel that my place permits it.”

Along with being the reigning British monarch, Queen Elizabeth is also the head of the Church of England. The Church of England teaches people that a marriage is for life, and divorce is not at all encouraged. The people who have the religious duties are urged to think carefully before remarrying a couple.

As the American actress, Meghan Markle is a divorced woman, Her Majesty may not feel she can attend or witness her grandson’s first and Markle’s second marriage.

Well, if we look back, this wouldn’t be the first time that Her Majesty has skipped the wedding ceremonies of her family members due to one or both of the wedding party being divorced.

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Queen Elizabeth’s son and first in line to the throne, Prince Charles, wed Camilla Parker-Bowles in the year 2005. Both had been before married and Queen Elizabeth skipped their wedding ceremony. She only attended the reception which was held afterwards.


“I am not able to go. I do not feel that my place as the Supreme Governor of the Church permits it”.

The friend told The Royal UK that Her Majesty ‘feels that it is important for her to put her role with the Church before her role as a mother’, or in the case of Prince Harry and Meghan, her role as a grandmother, despite already giving the soon-to-be-wedded couple her blessing.

“Queen Elizabeth takes her place as Supreme Governor of the Church of England incredibly seriously. She also has a great personal faith”.

As we all know that, Ms Meghan Markle is divorced. This indeed can also affect the Royal couple’s choice of venue.

Historically, and according to the norms of the Church of England, it wouldn’t let divorced people marry again in one of its churches. However, this very law was revoked in the year 2002.

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As a result, venues such as Westminster Abbey, where Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Cambridge, William both married their respective spouses and St Paul’s Cathedral, where Prince of Wales, Charles married Princess of Wales, Diana in 1981 are now actually available to Prince Harry and Meghan.

The Royal couple might or might not choose such grand venues. Anyhow, it is indeed up for a debate. Earlier, Prince Harry reportedly stated that he would rather have a smaller and a private affair. 

On Monday morning, the Royal Family officially announced that Harry and Meghan will marry in Spring 2018, though an exact date is yet to be announced.