Turns out that the unorthodox facet to the looming royal nuptials is not that Meghan Markle is an American — but that she is divorced! According to this piece from History.com:
When Prince Harry weds Meghan Markle, he won’t just be breaking the mold by marrying an American actress. Markle is also divorced—her two-year-long marriage to producer Trevor Engelson ended in 2013.
That’s a big deal: Marrying a divorced person was taboo among the British monarchy for hundreds of years. By signing off on the match, Queen Elizabeth, who must be consulted before people within the line of succession marry, has reinforced the family’s recent about-face on divorce. But why was it such a divisive issue in the past?
“Historically the Church of England’s position was that divorce was okay, but remarriage was not,” says Arianne Chernock, an associate professor of history at Boston University whose research focuses on gender and the British monarchy.
Read the whole article here.