The Interesting Reason Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Doesn’t Warrant a National Holiday, Revealed
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is going to be a huge event — just like Prince William and Kate Middleton’s was in 2011. There is one big difference, however. When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed, the day became a bank holiday. For Prince Harry and Meghan, this will not be the case. Why is this? We take a look at the reasoning behind why Prince Harry’s wedding will not be a bank holiday.
Does the date play a factor?
Kensington Palace recently announced that the next royal wedding will take place on May 19th. This falls on a Saturday which technically, isn’t a business day and doesn’t warrant a bank holiday. While a holiday technically could be granted that day — more on that in just a bit — it is less likely.
How this choice breaks tradition
Harry and Meghan’s Saturday wedding breaks the royal tradition of marrying during the week. Prince William and Kate Middleton were married on a Friday, while William and Harry’s father Prince Charles was married on a Wednesday. (Heck, even Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip were married on a Thursday.) It’s unclear if the break from tradition has anything to do with the wedding date being declared a holiday or not.
Even if it was on a different date …
Even if they got married during the week, it’s believed that the wedding isn’t warranting a holiday because of where Harry ranks in the line of succession to the throne. He currently sits fifth in line behind his father Prince Charles, his brother Prince William, and William’s two children. When Will and Kate have their third child next spring — ahead of the royal wedding, no less — Harry will drop to sixth in line for the crown.
… which seems pretty unfair
As it turns out, there is a lot of grey area when it comes to the line of succession determining whether a wedding will be a bank holiday. Princess Anne, who was not a direct heir to the throne, had a bank holiday on her wedding day in 1973. Her brothers, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, did not have bank holidays on their wedding days, despite being higher in the line of succession.
Another reason it doesn’t make sense
While it isn’t one of her regularly exercised powers, Queen Elizabeth can in fact declare and amend bank holidays. It’s one of the lesser-known privileges she has, although she could essentially move to give the masses the day off for her grandson’s up-coming nuptials.
How the public feels
No bank holiday means no time off work, which has left many people unhappy. Many people have taken to social media to express their displeasure in Harry and Meghan’s choice of a wedding date. (Although, it is very unlikely that a swarm of angry tweets will make the couple change their mind.)
Other problems with the date
It’s not just affect the public that’s has a problem with the May 19th wedding date. This puts the wedding on the same date as the FA Cup Finals — and Harry’s brother, Prince William, is the Football Association’s president. Kensington Palace released a statement saying that there is work being done to ensure that the Duke of Cambridge can attend both events. But there is no official word yet on how that’s going to play out.
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