Since then, many royals have gotten divorced from their spouses; Harry’s parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, are a prime example. But even then, the Queen’s official position is “no divorce.” The biggest exception to this rule came about in 2005, when Prince Charles remarried to Camilla Parker Bowles, herself a divorcee. The Queen, however, was not present at the civil ceremony.
It’s possible that the Queen may not attend Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, either. Markle has met the Queen, describing her as “an incredible woman” in her post-engagement interview with the BBC. But if the Queen feels that the wedding is incompatible with the Church of England’s teachings, she could stay home.
Markle is also the first black woman to marry a British prince since at least the 18th century. This subject also came up in the BBC interview. Markle answered that although she found the racism she had already faced “disheartening,” she would always be proud of who she was.