THE ‘D’ WORD
In days gone by it would have been a scandal for a prince to enter into a relationship with a divorcee, let alone marry one.
In 1936, Edward VIII chose to abdicate a few short months after his coronation, choosing his twice-divorced lover, Wallis Simpson, over the crown. His younger brother, King George VI (Queen Elizabeth’s father), ascended the throne in his place.
But the modern monarchy takes a more laissez-faire approach to divorce. Three of the queen’s kids are divorced – Prince Charles (68), Princess Anne (67) and Prince Andrew (57). Yet it’s Charles, as first in line to the throne, who shows the resolute royal family has relented somewhat. Not only is he divorced, his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is too.
And if Charles doesn’t take over the crown when his monarch-for-life mother eventually passes on, it will be for reasons other than his divorced status.
As for Meghan, she called time on her two-year marriage to film producer Trevor Engelson in August 2013, citing irreconcilable differences.
This is unlikely to ruffle a royal feather. Meghan and Harry would even be allowed to marry in the Anglican church if they so choose – something the church wouldn’t have even contemplated before 2002.
The rules were changed after church leaders ruled it would be permitted under “exceptional circumstances”.
MEGHAN AND TREVOR ENGELSON
CHARLES AND CAMILLA
EDWARD VIII AND WALLIS SIMPSON