Apparently, before 2002, those with divorces under their belts couldn’t get married in the Church of England. This would’ve been bad news for Meghan Markle, who is currently the very serious girlfriend of Prince Harry, as she was married once before. Luckily, something called the General Synod Ruling will make it possible for these two lovebirds to tie the knot in the over-the-top manner to which we’ve become accustomed with royals. So this may be good news for them, but it’s even better news for us, as we love a good royal wedding. A spokesperson for Westminster Abbey confirmed in a statement that hypothetically the two can wed: “The Abbey follows the General Synod Ruling of 2002. Since then, it has been possible for divorced people to be married in the Church of England.”
Meghan’s religion could have been another barrier for the duo in earlier times, as Meghan’s father is reported to be Jewish. But, luckily, this is also no longer an issue, according to the Abbey. Still, the two aren’t totally out of the woods yet—the Queen still has to approve of their union, and they may also require special permission from the Archbishop of Canterbury for reasons that seem related to Meghan’s divorce. If all this bureaucracy feels confusing to you, worry not—all you need to know is that, should the two decide to marry, they can do so in a manner befitting a Prince (and, of course, a newly minted Princess).