Although Meghan and Harry spent New Year’s together, the actress was not invited to spend Christmas with the Royal Family at Sandringham.
While some took Meghan’s absence as a possible sign of the Queen’s disproval, royal expert Katie Nicholl explained that it was simply down to protocol.“Harry knows the rules of the Royal Family and he knows that until they get engaged, Meghan will not have a place around that Christmas dinner table,” she told ET Online.
The move sparked a constitutional crisis due to the Church of England’s teaching that remarriage is not allowed if the former spouse is still alive.
In the decades since, the Church and the Royal Family have modernised their attitudes to marriage.
With her glossy brunette hair and big brown eyes, it's no surprise that the American model, humanitarian and actress caught our Harry's eye.
The 35-year-old is three years older than Harry, which is the other second difference between Markle and the Prince's past girlfriends; he has mostly been linked to women either younger or the same age as him.
Constitutionally, Harry would still need the Queen’s approval before any wedding could be planned.
The Perth agreement of 2011 decrees that the first six in line to the throne need sovereign approval to marry.
While the monarch did not attend the couple’s civil ceremony, she and Prince Philip held a reception for them at Windsor Castle.The Queen’s younger sister was told that she would have to renounce her rights of succession in order to go through with the wedding, and ultimately chose to stay true to “the Church's teachings that Christian marriage is indissoluble”.Just 19 years earlier, Margaret’s uncle King Edward VIII abdicated after just 326 days on the throne in order to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson.Mr Justice Holman said: “If that order is set aside, then she seeks a reconsideration of her claims for financial provision and, obviously, a significantly higher award than that which was agreed and ordered in November 2014.” Mr Mackay strongly denies any wrongdoing and it has been stressed that the court has made no ruling.The judge said the names of Mr and Mrs Mackay could be reported, but said it was right that names of children and detail of confidential financial information should not be made public.
It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. Personally, I love a great love story.”Meghan’s candour has heightened the already incredible levels of attention that the relationship has attracted.