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22 May 2024

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle allowed to marry at Westminster Abbey

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Getty Images)

By Bang

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be able to marry at Westminster Abbey, if they were to wed, despite being a divorcee.

The 'Suits' actress was married to her former partner Trevor Engelson for two years before they split in 2013, but she has since moved on from her former beau and has been dating the 32-year-old royal for over a year.

Although the pair have not made any plans to tie the knot, it has been reported if they did decide they wanted to take their romance to the next step and be husband and wife they would not be barred from having their marital ceremony at the historic church where Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh married, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

A spokesperson from Westminster Abbey told the Express Online: "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."

And the 35-year-old actresses - whose father is Jewish - faith would also not prevent her from enjoying an "interfaith" relationship either.

However, it is believed the Archbishop of Canterbury would need to provide the couple with a special licence to allow them to exchanged vows, as well as permission from the monarch.

Although there is not an official legal barrier preventing a member of the royal family from wedding someone of a different faith, the Act of Settlement of 1701 doesn't allow anyone who is next in line to the throne to marry a Catholic partner and still keep their place as successor.