Royal Wedding: Do the invites

Invitations for the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle are pictured, after they have been printed at the workshop of Barnard and Westwood in London on March 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Victoria Jones

Royal Wedding: Do the invites hint that Meghan Markle is divorced?

While us ordinary folk might not think anything of remarrying after a divorce, it used to be a pretty big deal for the royal family. Attitudes are shifting, though. But the royal wedding invitations might give a hint to the fact that Meghan Markle was previously married.

Royal Wedding: Do the invites

Invitations for the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle are pictured, after they have been printed at the workshop of Barnard and Westwood in London on March 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Victoria Jones

Guys, we are INVESTED in the royal wedding. Don’t ask us why – it’s just one of those things.

Who is going to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle? Who is going to design her wedding dress? Who is on the wedding guest list? We want to know everything.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – MARCH 23: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Catalyst Inc science park in Belfast where they met some of Northern Ireland’s brightest young entrepreneurs on March 23, 2018 in Belfast, Nothern Ireland. (Photo by Niall Carson – Pool/Getty Images)

One thing that’s caught everyone’s attention: the wedding invites. They were sent out last week and while we don’t know who exactly got the invites, there is one little detail that’s caught the eye of a few people.

The invitation reads:

“His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales K.G., K.T. requests the pleasure of the company of (name) at the Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms. Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on Saturday, 19th May, 2018 at 12 Noon followed by a Reception at Windsor Castle.”

The invite refers to Markle as “Ms.” instead of “Miss”.

For the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, Kate Middleton was referred to as “Miss Catherine Middleton.”

Britain’s Prince Harry stands with his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring whilst they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement. Britain’s Prince Harry will marry his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle early next year after the couple became engaged earlier this month, Clarence House announced on Monday. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Apparently, etiquette dictates that “Ms.” is the correct way to address a divorced woman, according to an etiquette coach (yeah, apparently there is such a thing).

Maybe that’s a UK thing, though? Back here in Mzansi, we often use Ms. as a generic catch-all for women who don’t want to – or care to – reveal whether they are currently married or have been married.

“The royal household, in particular the queen, has never before acknowledged the honourific Ms — regardless of whether it was being used to signify a divorced woman or one who did not feel her marital status was of importance,” etiquette coach William Hanson told the Mail Online.

“It was first used in connection to Meghan in the November engagement announcement and since then has been used throughout the royal household’s communications, on press releases, invitations, and social media.”

He added: “It is another subtle sign that the royal household is moving with the times.”

Markle was married to Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013. And while this doesn’t matter to most of us, divorce used to be a big no-no for the Royals.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 27: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens, Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

But the royal family has started to move with the times, though and Prince Harry and Markle’s wedding signifies a huge step forward, even if Harry is not considered to be a future king.

For a bit more context, here is some insight from the Washington Post:

In some respect, the evolution is unexceptional: Public attitudes toward divorce have relaxed markedly in recent decades, and the share of marriages ending in divorce in England and Wales has risen. Three of the queen’s four children have divorced.

Yet the speed with which the monarchy has shifted on divorce is remarkable for an institution that venerates tradition and symbolizes history. When Elizabeth’s daughter, Anne, the Princess Royal, remarried in 1992, she did so in Scotland because she could not be remarried in a Church of England service.

By the time Prince Charles sought to marry his longtime love Camilla Parker-Bowles, attitudes had begun relaxing with the church starting to allow divorcés to remarry. However, finding clergy to conduct the ceremony was a challenge.

Charles and Camilla married in a civil service, in a registrar’s office in Windsor – and then had a “blessing” at St. George’s Chapel.