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- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday morning.
- The couple revealed that they will marry in Spring 2018.
- The exact date is unknown, as is where the ceremony will take place.
- Westminster Abbey is available to the couple, despite the fact that Markle is a divorcee.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle publicly announced their engagement on Monday morning.
The announcement revealed that the couple became engaged in London earlier this month, that a wedding will take place in Spring 2018, and that the couple will live together in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
What wasn’t announced, however, was the wedding’s exact date – or its venue.
Speculation over the location of the ceremony has circulated for weeks amongst rumours of the couple’s impending engagement.
Tradition in the royal family is to wed in the Church of England, and Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral – the wedding venues of Harry’s grandparents and parents respectively – are both possible locations.
This is despite the fact that Markle is a divorcee. She was married to TV and film producer Trevor Engelson between 2011 and 2013.
Until 2002, divorcees could not marry again under the Church of England. However, the General Synod (governing body of the Church of England) ruling of the same year changed the law, making venues such as Westminster Abbey – where the Queen married Prince Philip in 1947 – and St Paul’s Cathedral – where Prince Charles wed Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 – available to the happy couple.
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In September, Westminster Abbey confirmed to the Daily Express that Prince Harry and Markle would be welcome to wed at the Abbey.
A spokesperson told the Daily Express: “The Abbey follows the General Synod Ruling of 2002. Since then it has been possible for divorced people to be married in the Church of England.”
However, it seems unlikely the ceremony will be on the same scale as Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011, with reports suggesting the couple could opt for a more private affair.
Prince Harry and Markle “want a church wedding,” according to Sky News, so if a more intimate event is on the cards, potential locations could include St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle – where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles had part of their service when Charles remarried in 2005 – and Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh.