It 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."
The Queen has given her formal consent to the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - using their real names, Henry and Rachel.
In a letter to the Privy Council, the monarch expressed her approval of the upcoming wedding between her "most dearly beloved grandson" and his fiancee, 36.
At a Privy Council meeting on Wednesday, the monarch made the declaration and will have signed a Great Seal of the Realm.
The first six people in the line of succession must have the Queen's consent before they can marry on May 19, as set out by the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.
Should Prince Harry have married Meghan without the monarch's approval, he and his descendants would be banned from ever ascending to the throne.
According to the Daily Mail, the 33-year-old prince — who has an estimated £30 million fortune — has declined to sign a prenuptial agreement ahead of the royal wedding in May.
上文中的prenuptial agreement即“婚前协议”，简称为prenup。在美国等西方国家，夫妻共同财产被称为community property，这是比较书面的表达，口语中也可称为shared property。而婚前的个人财产则是separate property。“协议”也可说accord。“达成协议”则有reach/nail down/come to an agreement/deal等多种说法。
"There was never any question in Harry's mind that he would sign a prenup," a source told the site. "He's determined that his marriage will be a lasting one, so there's no need for him to sign anything."
Harry would be following the example of his brother, Prince William, who rejected a prenup before tying the knot with Kate Middleton.
Their mother, who also didn’t have such an agreement, had to fight hard to win a divorce settlement of £17 million from Prince Charles in 1996, as well as £400,000 per year.
Brides.com also notes that prenuptial agreements are not as common in the U.K. as they are in the U.S., which is another reason Harry may reject the idea.
The disclosure follows persistent rumours that courtiers wanted Harry to safeguard his chunk of the Windsor millions. Meghan divorced her first husband, American film producer Trevor Engelson, after two years.
The prince's estimated fortune is comprised of his own earnings, as well as his inheritance from his late mother, Princess Diana. Harry and William received half of her estate when they turned 30, which is roughly £10 million each, Time reports.
Additionally, the inheritance also included some jewelry from Diana's personal collection, which she wanted her sons to save for their future wives. This explains why Markle's engagement ring include two of Diana's diamonds.
In comparison to Harry's fortune, Markle is worth an estimated US$6.5 million from her acting career and other ventures.
英国Slater Heelis法律事务所家庭律师 Kim Aucott认为，哈里和梅根俩人手头都很富裕，签订婚前协议仍然是保护他们财产，避免发生纠纷的好方法。
While both Harry and Markle are well-off on their own, family lawyer Kim Aucott, of U.K. law firm Slater Heelis, previously told Express U.K. that it's still a good idea for the couple to get a prenup in order to keep their financial matters private.
"I would have said anyone in their position should be advised to have [a] prenup," Aucott told the site after the royal couple got engaged in November. "And the reason being is so they can resolve financial matters between themselves without it being in the spotlight. There is so much more privacy and confidentially with a prenup."
A Kensington Palace spokesman declined to comment on the “private matter”.
When is the wedding?
Prince Harry — formally known as Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales — will marry Markle on May 19 in an hour-long ceremony starting at 7 a.m. EST, or noon local time.
The date is a Saturday — unusual, as most British royal weddings take place on a weekday.
There could be a newborn at the wedding.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are expecting their third child shortly before the wedding. Kensington Palace announced in October that Middleton’s due date is in April.
Where is the wedding?
The wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The wedding service will begin at 12 noon at St George's Chapel. The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service and The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple make their vows.
When the engagement was announced, Kensington Palace said the wedding will "reflect [the couple’s] characters and personalities" and be a moment of "fun and joy."
Wedding guests will then meet the pair at for a reception at St. George's Hall.
Harry’s father, Prince Charles, will hold a private reception later that evening for the newlyweds, with close friends and family members in attendance at an undisclosed location.
Who is expected to attend the event?
The soon-to-be royal couple invited 2,640 people into the grounds of Windsor Castle, a prime location to watch the pair's arrival and carriage procession.
The majority of those invited, 1,200 to be exact, will be members of the public, nominated by local Lord Lieutenant offices.
"The couple has asked that the people chosen are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities," the palace said in a statement.
The pair also invited members of charities and other organizations, local schoolchildren, residents of Windsor and members of the Royal Household. However, those invitations do not include a seat at the ceremony at St. George's Chapel, which seats about 800.
Those spots are reserved for immediate family and close friends of the bride and groom.
Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and other royals are expected to attend the wedding, along with Markle's parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland.
Additionally, a Dec. 26 report said that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle to attend their spring wedding. But the British government is reportedly concerned that President Trump will take it as a snub.
When asked about the Obamas' possible attendance on Dec. 27 on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Prince Harry replied: "I don’t know about that – we haven’t even put the invite or the guest list together. Who knows if he’s going to be invited or not? I wouldn't want to ruin that surprise."
Spice Girls member Mel B said on the talk show "The Real" Feb. 27 that she will attend the couple's nuptials -- and revealed that her fellow bandmates were invited, too. The singer didn't confirm if the pop group would perform at the wedding reception.
Also on March 6, Hello! reported that Markle's "Suits" castmates will be among those to get invites when they are sent out.
What’s the plan for the royal wedding cake?
In March, Kensington Palace shared news that Markle had selected her preferred pastry chef and celebratory delicacy of choice. Chef Claire Ptak, an American-born chef who runs the small London bakery Violet Cakes, will get to do the sweet honor. She’ll be whipping up a lemon elderflower cake for the party guests, topped with buttercream and fresh flowers. Ptak’s bakery is known for its original and organic creations — and the chef is clearly excited about the assignment, as she posted on social media.
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