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Queen gives formal consent for Harry to marry Meghan

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'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.'

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle. Picture: AP

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has
formally given her permission for her “dearly beloved” grandson
Prince Harry to marry his U.S. fiancee Meghan Markle.

In a letter to the Privy Council, a formal advisory body to
the monarch comprised of senior politicians, judges and bishops,
the queen confirmed her approval of the wedding of Harry, the
fifth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, star of U.S. TV drama
“Suits”.

“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,” the letter dated on Wednesday said.

Harry and Meghan’s union, like all those of the first six
royals in direct line of succession, must be approved by the
queen under the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act, which replaced
an even more prescriptive law dating back to the 18th Century.

The move was a mere formality as the queen had already said
in a statement how delighted she was for the couple and she will
be attending the wedding ceremony at her Windsor Castle home, to
the West of London, on May 19.

She also invited Markle to spend Christmas with the royal
family at her Sandringham estate in eastern England.