It’s official! The Queen has formally given her royal seal of approval for the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a council meeting at Buckingham Palace. In the meeting notes, Her Majesty warmly calls the prince her “most dearly beloved grandson.” While their royal wedding has already been schedule to take place at Windsor Castle on May 19, the formal recognition of their union has been eagerly awaited by royal watchers.
The declaration read: “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.”
It would come as no surprise that this recognition has meant the world to the former actress, who has spoken openly about the honour and pleasure of meeting the Queen for the first time. One of Meghan’s biggest royal engagements yet took place not too long ago, when she attended her first official engagement alongside the Queen at the Commonwealth Day service . There, the royal-to-be participated in the annual celebration of the Commonwealth nations, a non-denominational service featuring beautiful performances honouring their diversity. The Suits alum also had the privilege of attending a Mother’s Day lunch with the monarch, who has reportedly been helping her settle into royal life!
During Harry and Meghan’s first-ever TV interview on BBC, the 36-year-old gushed about her first encounter with the Queen, “It’s incredible, I think, you know, to be able to meet her through his lens, not just with his honour and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother,” she said. “All of those layers have been so important for me so that when I met her, I had such a deep understanding and of course incredible respect for being able to have that time with her.”