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The Royal Engagement: What Catholics Should Know

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By    |   Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 08:51 AM

The royal engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has raised eyebrows and prompted questions, so The Catholic News Agency compiled a report on what Catholics should know about the forthcoming nuptials.

Traditions have changed over the past few years and obstacles that may have previously disqualified the couple from a recognized marriage no longer apply.

If Prince Harry, the fifth in line for the throne, wanted to marry Meghan Markle, a divorcee with Catholic ties, a few years ago he would have had to renounce his place in the line to the British throne, the news agency said.

And, according to BBC News, The Church of England did not allow for a person who was divorced to remarry while their spouse was alive until the 21st century, when the church’s legislative body altered the rules for "exceptional circumstances.”

Markle divorced film producer Trevor Engelson in 2013, The Sun reported, but said she and Harry should be permitted to have their St. George's Chapel wedding at Windsor Castle.

Ed Condon, a Catholic canon lawyer in the U.K., confirmed this with The Catholic News Agency.

“If there’s been no openly scandalous reasons or contributing factors, that would allow the Anglican authorities to say well, you can have a church wedding,” he said.

Another topic that has been heavily discussed is the fact that Markle has Catholic ties, something which would have prevented her from marrying Harry in the past.

However, the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 has since changed things, making it possible for heirs to the throne to marry Catholics, although legally speaking the acting British sovereign cannot be a Catholic, The Catholic News Agency said.

Despite this, The Sun reported that Markle would still be baptized and confirmed in the Church of England soon.

There had been a cloud of doubt hanging over Prince Harry and Markle’s engagement but the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, eased minds when he said the church harbored no qualms about the Prince marrying a divorcee, USA Today reported.

“I wish them many years of love, happiness and fulfillment and ask that God blesses them throughout their married life together,” he said.

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The royal engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has raised eyebrows and prompted questions, so The Catholic News Agency compiled a report on what Catholics should know about the forthcoming nuptials.
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