Prince Harry Was Able to Marry Meghan Markle Because She Didn’t Do This 1 Thing in Her Past

Every royal family fan remembers Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. The pair tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018.

Because of Harry’s proximity to the throne, he had to get permission from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, to marry the Suits actress before it could actually happen. Because of how the royals have operated in the past and what led to Edward VIII ‘s abdication, there were rumblings that there might be an issue with Markle being an American divorcee. The queen did, of course, approve the marriage but there was one thing that could have been a dealbreaker if Markle had done.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Ben STANSALL – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Here’s what Markle didn’t do before she met Harry that made her marriage to the British prince possible.

Markle was previously married but didn’t have other baggage

Markle began dating movie producer Trevor Engelson in 2004. After seven years together, the pair got hitched in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on Sept. 10, 2011. However, they spit in 2013 citing “irreconcilable differences.”

“A wealthy entrepreneur friend claimed the marriage ended so abruptly that Meghan sent her wedding and engagement rings back to Trevor by registered post,” royal biographer Andrew Morton wrote in his book, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. “Another confirmed that the decision to end the marriage was made by Meghan and that it had come ‘totally out of the blue.’”

 Meghan Markle and Trevor Engelson
Meghan Markle and Trevor Engelson | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

There’s been speculation that the future duchess’ career really started taking off and her work schedule got so hectic that she didn’t have time for anything else, including her husband.

Engelson went on to remarry as well to a woman named Tracey Kurland in 2019.

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe told The Express that there was a key element about Markle’s past that was a factor in whether she could marry Harry.

“[Meghan and her former husband] weren’t married for very long, so there isn’t tremendous baggage. But also she didn’t have children,” Larcombe said. “If she did have children with her first husband, then that really would make it quite awkward and difficult to work out. By marrying Prince Harry, she immediately joins the royal family and all her children that she has will have a position within succession to the throne.”

The duke and duchess welcomed their first child together

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and baby Archie
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and baby Archie | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The former actress and Harry did have a child of their own. They welcomed a son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6, 2019.

Baby Archie is seventh in the line of succession to the British throne behind his father, Prince William, his three children, and Prince Charles.

The duke and duchess have said that they would like to have no more than two children “because they are conscious of the environmental impacts of having a large family.”

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