Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, the grandmother of Prince William and Prince Harry has officially given consent for the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. She sent the document to the Privy Council, and this is required for the act of succession because Prince Harry is fifth in line of succession to the British throne.
The official document signed by Queen Elizabeth II states:
My Lords, I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle, which Consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the Books of the Privy Council.
Although everybody assumed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle already have the Queen’s consent, it is for the first time when this is made public. According to the British law, people who are between the first six in line of successor to the throne must obtain the formal consent from the Queen or King before getting married.
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At the present, Prince Harry is the fifth in line of succession to the throne after his father, Prince Charles, prince William and his children – Prince George and Princess Charlotte. After the birth of Prince William’s and Kate’s third child, Harry will be sixth in line of succession to the throne.
Prince Harry and his fiance, Meghan Markle, will get married on May 19, 2018, at the St. George chapel in Windsor.