Fans Wonder If Queen Elizabeth Just Shaded Meghan Markle

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Queen Elizabeth finally gave her permission this week for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry, but could she really be having reservations about the match? Her official statement of blessing for the wedding did seem a bit utilitarian and even a little cold. 

  • According to royal decree, the top six people in the line of succession to the crown must have the reigning monarch's approval to get married.

    Queen Elizabeth
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    The law has been in place since the Royal Marriage Act of 1772, but was replaced by the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, which states, "A person who (when the person marries) is one of the six persons next in line of succession to the crown must obtain the consent of Her Majesty before marrying." 
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  • Queen Elizabeth certainly took her sweet time in granting her blessing to the couple, whose wedding is just two months away.

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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    Her official statement read, "I declare my consent to a contract of matrimony between my most dearly beloved grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle, which I consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the books of the Privy Council."
  • Which is fine, at least until you compare it to what the queen said in her blessing to William and Kate Middleton before their 2011 nuptials.

    Prince William and Kate Middleton Wedding
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    In the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official blessing, the queen wrote, "Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton."

    OK, so William and Harry were both referred to as "dearly beloved" grandsons ... but Kate was also called "trusty and well-beloved." Meghan was only referred to by her name. Hmmm.

  • Of course, it's been reported that Queen Elizabeth and Meghan get along fine, and they even recently lunched together for Mother's Day in the U.K.

    And let's not forget back in their engagement interview with BBC last November, Harry let it be known that his grandmother's beloved corgis took to Meg instantly. With as much of a dog person the queen is, we'd be surprised if she didn't instantly take to anyone whom her pooches deemed A-OK.

    We're guessing the fact that she didn't gush about Meghan like she did about Kate is just an oversight, and not a personal insult. We hope.