Most people are more than a little annoyed we won’t all be getting a day off work for the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
One person who is getting a day off though is the Queen herself because Harry’s grandmother might well not come to the ceremony.
Her absence has been mooted for the most ludicrous of reasons no less.
Queen Lizzie could be watching from home just like the rest of us because Meghan has been married before and was divorced.
The 36-year-old married Trevor Engelson in 2011 and they divorced in 2013 citing ‘irreconcilable differences’.
The Queen has given her personal blessing to the happy couple, saying she was ‘delighted’ with the good news, but her position may well prevent her from attending the ceremony.
As the British monarch, the Queen is head of the Church of England, which teaches that marriage is for life.
Divorce is not encouraged in the Church, and so blessing for a divorced person to remarry is given sparingly.
While this might seem like an old, archaic tradition which couldn’t possibly have any impact on what happens in today’s world, this wouldn’t be the first time the Queen has snubbed a family wedding for the same reason.
Back in 2005, the Queen missed out on the wedding of her son Prince Charles to Camilla Parker-Bowles. The two had both previously been married, and the Queen only attended the reception after the ceremony.
In 2005, the Queen told a friend, according to The Telegraph:
I am not able to go. I do not feel that my position permits it.
If she had to put her duties as head of the Church of England before her family when her son was getting married, she probably will do the same for this latest royal wedding.
Hugo Vickers, a well-established author on the Royal Family, said in 2005:
She is quite right not to attend – she is the head of the Church of England, after all. It never occurred to me that she would attend the register office ceremony and when people talk about it being a snub, it’s nonsense.
A snub is when no member of the Royal Family attended the marriage of the Duke and Duches of Windsor in Paris in 1937.
More than the Queen’s attendance, Meghan’s status as divorcee could affect the potential venues available to the couple, according to Business Insider.
Thankfully, some of the more likely choices are available thanks to a change of law within the Church of England.
Historically, the Church wouldn’t allow ceremonies within their churches if one of the betrothed were previously divorced.
However, this convention was revoked back in 2002, and so the major venues are available to the couple.
Locations such as Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral are both available to the Prince and Markle for their ceremony.
There are likely to be plans revealed in the coming weeks for the ceremony and all that will accompany it.
Still we won’t be getting that day off though.