Bearing The Queen's signature, the Instrument of Consent records Her Majesty's consent to the Marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. #RoyalWedding— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 13, 2018
Find out more: https://t.co/KNUnxl0hUj pic.twitter.com/wsXTt4FzAn
Traditionally, a bride’s parents would give the green light to a potential suitor for their daughter’s hand in marriage. But when you’re prince and heir to the British monarchy, things tend to get a little more complicated (as in, Grandma the queen needs to get involved in the wedding before the happy couple can say“I do”).
Thankfully, Harry and Meghan can breathe easy, because Buckingham Palace just released an image of the official “Instrument of Consent” letter from the Crown Office, which Queen Elizabeth (or Gran, if you’re William or Harry) signed for their royal marriage back in March. The ceremony will take place this Saturday, May 19 (we just started hyperventilating), at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
The gorgeous royal decree, which is covered in regal emblems (a red dragon for Wales, a Tudor rose for England, a thistle for Scotland, a shamrock for Ireland, two golden poppies for Markle’s home state of California and red escallops for Harry’s family arms) and signed by the queen herself, says that as required by the Succession to the Crown Act (in which the first six royals in line for the throne must get the queen’s permission), Gran gives her consent "without hesitation" (according to a palace aide) “to a contract of matrimony between my most dearly beloved grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle.” (News flash: Meghan is actually Rachel.)
In contrast to William and Kate’s official consent letter, Meghan is addressed by the queen as simply “Rachel Meghan Markle,” while Kate was addressed as “our trusty and well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton.” This is due to the fact that Middleton was already a British subject, while American Markle isn’t. According to Hello Magazine, “the term ‘trusty and well-beloved’ is customarily used for citizens of the UK and Commonwealth Realms,” which Markle is not.
No worries, Megs. You’re still trusty and well beloved in our book.