With the birth of Charlotte in May 2015, Princess Beatrice of York became seventh in line and her sister Eugenie slid down to eighth, so they can essentially marry whoever they want without checking with their grandmother first. Before proposing to Kate Middleton in October 2010, Prince William had to get the thumbs up from Queen Elizabeth, and according to BBC News , she “readily gave her consent.” Elizabeth signed an detailed notice of approval to the union of “Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton.” The notice was dated Feb. 9, 2011, just two months before Kate and William tied the knot. Related: Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Broke Up Before Getting Married Though it’s been reported that Harry is “besotted” with Meghan and that she’s met his father, brother, and sister-in-law so far, she has yet to meet the queen. If Harry is looking to propose , he’ll likely need to earn the queen’s blessing sometime soon; and if she objects to Meghan as a worthy wife or feels that she isn’t a good addition to the family, she has the right to rule their marriage “invalid.” That’s right – Harry’s grandma could literally say “Nah” and his plans to tie the knot could come crashing down. Contrary to popular belief, there are no rules that require a prince to marry someone of royal or aristocratic blood, or even a British citizen – but religion is where it gets dicey. It’s not something she has ever done, and she likely wouldn’t start with an American actress. Contrary to popular belief, there are no rules that require a prince to marry someone of royal or aristocratic blood, or even a British citizen (and in the case of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, an incoming royal can even be divorced) – but religion is where it gets dicey. There is no legal barrier that keeps a royal from marrying someone of Jewish, Buddhist, or Muslim faith, or even an atheist, but under the Act of Settlement of 1701, no one in the direct line of succession could marry a Catholic and keep their right to the throne.

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