Royal ro­mances: Tol­er­ant view of di­vorce marks new era

The Philippine Star - - WORLD NEWS -

LON­DON (AP) — Di­vorce has be­dev­iled Bri­tain’s royal fam­ily for cen­turies.

It has cre­ated prob­lems not only when Prince Charles and Princess Diana ended their mar­riage in the most bit­ter fash­ion in 1996, but also when other royals — Princess Mar­garet — fell in love with peo­ple who had been di­vorced and could not marry them for that rea­son.

The Bri­tish monarch also serves as Supreme Gov­er­nor of the Church of Eng­land, which his­tor­i­cally re­fused to bless the unions of any­one with a liv­ing ex-spouse.

In 1936, drama over a di­vorced Amer­i­can woman led King Ed­ward VIII to ab­di­cate the throne be­cause of his de­ter­mi­na­tion to marry her.

In con­trast, in 2018, Prince Harry’s plan to marry di­vorced Amer­i­can ac­tress Meghan Markle is be­ing met with ... a shrug.

EPA

An un­dated photo re­leased by the Bri­tish Royal Mail shows the First Class stamp, one of a set of stamps is­sued by the Royal Mail to cel­e­brate the forth­com­ing wed­ding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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