This is why the Queen will attend the wedding of Harry to divorcee Meghan Markle… despite snubbing Charles’ wedding to Camilla
Numerous royal family members are said to be attending the event, including the Queen who skipped Charles’ wedding to divorcee Camilla – so why does Meghan get a free pass?
Her Majesty is the head of the Church of England, which practises the belief that marriage is for life and divorce is not to be encouraged.
It is thought that it's due to this that the Queen didn't attend the wedding ceremony of her son Prince Charles in 2005 when he married long-time sweetheart Camilla Parker Bowles.
But there could be a reason why she WILL see her Meghan, who got divorced from film producer husband Trevor Engelson in August 2013, marry her grandson Prince Harry?
Royal butler Grant Harrold told Express.co.uk: “People have mentioned it me but I say look Prince Charles’ wedding was 13 years ago, times have changed.
“It could be a change of heart, I don’t know the answer as to why she didn’t go to Charles’ wedding but she was at the second part.”
The Church of England officially states: “The Church of England teaches that marriage is for life.
“It also recognises that some marriages sadly do fail and, if this should happen, it seeks to be available for all involved.
“The Church accepts that, in exceptional circumstances, a divorced person may marry again in church during the lifetime of a former spouse.”
Can divorcees marry in a church?
The Church of England did not officially permit remarriage after divorce from the 17th century, but this has been relaxed somewhat in the 21st century.
In 2002, the General Synod, the church's legislative body, permitted remarriage in church for divorced people whose partners were still alive, but only in "exceptional circumstances".
As a result, places such as Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral could both have been available to Prince Harry and Markle.
Permission must be granted by a Priest who must ensure couples have a “mature view” of the breakdown of their marriage, and understand divorce is a breach of God’s will for the union.
Around 42 per cent of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce, according to the Office for National Statistics’ 2016 figures.
The invites for the wedding were printed on March 22 and had a subtle nod to the fact Meghan is divorced in the wording – but did you spot it?
The American actress, 36, was called “Ms” Markle on the coveted invites, which contrasts to Kate Middleton having “Miss” on her 2011 invites.
The reason for this is that etiquette rules state the correct way to refer to someone who is divorced is “Ms”.
The couple have kept fairly tight-lipped about the guest list.
However, it has been confirmed that Prince William will be best man for his younger brother.
There won't be as many wedding guests as when Harry's big brother tied the knot in 2011.
This is because Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding took place at Westminster Abbey, with 1,900 guests.
St George's chapel, Harry and Meghan's venue, has a capacity of 800 people.
They have also invited 2,640 members of the public for the day including 1,200 people, who have demonstrated strong leadership in their communities.
Meghan, like her yoga-instructor mum, Doria Ragland, is a Protestant.
It has been revealed that Meghan will be baptised and confirmed in the Church of England “in due course”.
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