In five day’s time, she’ll become a fully-fledged member of the royal family, but it appears Meghan Markle might have a long way to go to impress the Queen.
The 92-year-old Monarch officially signed the Instrument of Consent yesterday, which means Her Majesty approves of the marriage of her grandson Prince Harry and his bride-to-be, Meghan Markle.
However, people have noticed one glaringly obvious difference between the Instrument of Consent the Queen released yesterday and the one she signed when Prince William was about to marry Kate Middleton in 2011.
“Now know ye that we have consented and do by these presents signify our consent to the contracting of matrimony between or most dearly beloved grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, and Rachel Meghan Markle,” the scroll reads.
However, the consent form for Prince William and Kate Middleton seemed to be a lot more personal, with the Queen writing: “Now know ye that we have consented and do by these presents signify our consent to the contracting of matrimony between or most dearly beloved grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, and our trusty and well-beloved, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton.”
The main difference is obviously that the Queen refereed to Kate Middleton as ‘trusty and well-beloved’, while she simply failed to comment on Meghan Markle, other than to reiterate her full name.
While many people would see this as an obvious snub, royal reporter Emily Nash tried to clear it up.
“For anyone wondering why Meghan is not described as “most trusty and well-beloved” like Kate was, it’s because that term is only used for citizens of Britain or the Queen’s overseas Realms. Meghan is not yet a British citizen,” Nash tweeted.
The Instrument of Consent does however include subtle nods to Meghan’s homeland, which are all hidden in the design.
It features a rose, which is the national flower of the USA and on either side of the rose are two golden poppies, which are the state flower of California, the state where Meghan was born.
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