Queen Elizabeth II gives her official permission for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to wed

Formal permission granted by the Queen, but Meghan Markle is already a welcomed member of the family

Queen Elizabeth II just bestowed her official royal consent to the upcoming wedding between her beloved grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that will take place on St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19.

Meghan Markle, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, marriage
Credit: Privy Council

While at a Privy Council meeting at Buckingham Palace on March 14, she gave her official blessing through a letter:

“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."

Everything is a bit more complicated when you are about to marry a royal, but that is what Meghan is signing up for.

Something that came out in the Queen's message: Meghan's full legal name is actually Rachel.  Who knew?

Prince harry, Meghan Markle, Kensington Palace
Credit: Kensington Palace Live Stream

What makes the name reveal even more interesting is is that Rachel is also the name of her character on Suits. 

All reports have shown that the Queen is already fond of Meghan, the corgis have been reported to like her too.  They aren't even fond of Prince Harry.

It is odd to have permission granted after a wedding has been announced, but better sooner than later.

As Prince Harry is fifth (nearly sixth) in line for the throne, the monarch is required to give official consent due to the Succession to the Crown Act.

Everyone seems to be excited about the upcoming wedding and are hopeful that they have a long and happy life together.

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Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.