After much speculation, on Monday it was confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged, to be married in May of 2018 at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
So now that the engagement ring is firmly on Meghan’s finger, we have questions about what the rules are when it comes to marrying a British royal.
What would it mean for Markle’s acting and humanitarian career? Did the Queen need to give her blessing for Prince Harry’s marriage? Does it matter that Markle has been married (and divorced) before?
WE HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS.
Well, according to Morgan Evans for Redbook, there are a number of very important things we all need to know about marrying a British royal. And many of them are directly relevant to the likely newest addition to the royal family.
When you adopt a royal title, you can’t be referred to as anything else.
There are intricate etiquette rules when it comes to appropriate ways to address a person in the royal family. Officially, royals should be referred to by their full title.
According to royal historians (my favourite career, ever), Markle would take the female version of Prince Harry's name, making her officially Her Royal Highness Princess of Wales.
However, given that William was made a Duke when he was married, royal historian Marlene Koenig believes Harry will be, too.
In that case, Markle would be known as Her Royal Highness Duchess of Sussex.
You can't play monopoly with your in-laws.
Oh. Well Markle must be reeling about this.
There literally is a rule against the royal family playing monopoly.
In 2008, Prince Charles' younger brother, Prince Andre Duke of York, banned the game after it became "too vicious".
I think maybe he has a point.
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When you marry a member of the royal family, you can't be active in politics.
While it might seem counter intuitive, members of the British royal family make a point of separating themselves from politics, and choose not to vote.