When Prince Harry announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, an American actress, people were delighted but also curious. She was a divorcee, so merely by proposing to her the prince had destroyed an old royal protocol. However, that would prove to be far from the only tradition the new royal couple would break. With Christmas approaching, the Queen made a surprising announcement about Markle.
In November 2017 Clarence House and Kensington Palace delivered some happy news. Prince Harry was going to wed his girlfriend Meghan Markle. The newspapers went wild with speculation. The bride-to-be had already been married and divorced once, so how would the royal family work with that?
The British royal family is famously anti-divorce. Whoever is the monarch is also the head of the Church of England, which strongly disapproves of broken marriages. The abdication crisis of 1936, where Queen Elizabeth’s uncle King Edward gave up the throne, was partly brought about because of the divorce problem. Edward opted to marry the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson instead of remaining king.