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Why Prince Harry Needs the Queen's Blessing to Marry but Princess Eugenie Won't

The royal family is nothing if not a stickler for the rules.
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This morning it was announced that Queen Elizabeth has granted her official blessing for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry in May. Her approval was declared quite formally, with all the flowery language you'd expect from a royal wedding proclamation.

But when Harry's cousin Princess Eugenie marries later this fall, her nuptials won't require such pomp and circumstance. She won't need her granny's permission to marry, and it all has to do with her place in the line to the throne.

Prior to 2013, the 1772 Royal Marriages Act dictated that all marriages to members of the British royal family had to be approved by the monarch and furthermore, if a descendant of the king or queen married without consent, that marriage would be considered null and void.

But in 2013, that centuries-old law was replaced by the Succession to the Crown Act, which states that only the first six in line to the throne need the monarch’s consent. While Prince Harry is fifth in line to the throne and therefore needs his grandmother’s approval, Eugenie is eighth in line, and will become ninth after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child is born in April.

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Even though Eugenie technically doesn't need the Queen's blessing, something tells us she has it. After all, the bride-to-be did take her engagement portraits in the picture gallery at Buckingham Palace.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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