Could Prince Harry ever marry Meghan Markle since she's been divorced?

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Word on the street is that Prince Harry is dating American actress Meghan Markle. But before things get serious and we start planning the next royal wedding, there's one crucial thing that needs to be discussed. Could Prince Harry ever marry Meghan Markle since she's been divorced?

Besides the fact that we already know she looks killer in a wedding dress, there may be some hoops to jump through to make it happen. The short answer: Probably, yes. The long answer, however, involves some very interesting protocol for royal marriages — which includes an archaic rule by George III's Royal Marriages Act of 1772 prohibiting senior members of the royal families to wed a Catholic (along with commoners or divorcees). The 35-year-old American actress, best known for her role in Suits checks off two of those forbidden boxes (being that she was married before and went to Catholic school), according to People. Luckily for our favorite ginger and his new leading lady, that ban was softened last year, and the new rule is that only the first six royals in line have to ask the Queen for permission to marry (as well as senior members of the royal fam are now allowed to marry a Catholic). So we may have a royal wedding on our hands sooner rather than later — whew.

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Actress Meghan Markle enters the 'Today Show' taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)

Prince Harry arrive at the London Eye on World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2016 in London, England.

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TORONTO, ON - JUNE 09: Actress Meghan Markle attends Luminato Big Bang Bash 2016 held at the Hearn Generating Station on June 9, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Prince Harry plays rugby with children as part of the Coach Core sporting apprenticeships at National Ice Centre on November 6, 2016 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Meghan Markle attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit in New York October 28, 2014.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Prince Harry takes part in sports activities during a visit to celebrate the expansion of Coach Core at Lord's Cricket Ground on October 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Actress Meghan Markle attends Glamour and L'Oreal Paris Celebrate 2016 College Women Of The Year at NoMad Hotel Rooftop on April 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Glamour)
Britain's Prince Harry arrives at Lord's cricket ground in London on October 7, 2016, to participate in a Coach Core sports coaching apprenticeship programme event. Prince Harry, Patron, attended an event at Lord's Cricket Club to mark the expansion of the Coach Core sports coaching apprenticeship programme. The Prince met with apprentices, coaches and some of the partners and supporters who are taking the successful programme to 100 partners across the UK by Spring 2017. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 31: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Instagram Dinner held at the MARS Discovery District on May 31, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

Britain's Prince Harry attends the Metropolitan Police Service Annual Ceremony of Remembrance for colleagues who lost their lives in the line of duty, at the Metropolitan Police Training College in London, Britain October 20, 2016.

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Actress Meghan Markle leaves the 'Today Show' taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)

Actress Meghan Markle arrives on the red carpet for the MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVAs) in Toronto, June 16, 2013.

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Prince Harry takes part in a training session during a celebration for the expansion of Coach Core at Lord's Cricket Ground on October 7, 2016 in London, England.

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TORONTO, ON - APRIL 28: Actress Meghan Markle attends the Roland Mouret private dinner at Corkin Gallery on April 28, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/WireImage)

Actress Meghan Markle attends the USA Network and The Moth's Characters Unite Event at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California February 15, 2012.

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Britain's Prince Harry arrives for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in Wellington, Florida, U.S., May 4, 2016.

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Meghan Markle arrives at the NBCUniversal New York Summer Press Day event at The Four Seasons Hotel on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in New York.

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Actress Meghan Markle participates in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series to discuss her role on the television show, "Suits", at AOL Studios on Thursday, March 17, 2016, in New York.

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And while we wait for our favorite eligible British bachelor to get more serious with his new gal (hey, he did say he's ready to start a family!), here's a bit of a back story on the royal marriage situation. Apparently, the law came into effect in 2015 after Prince George was born, when there was talk that if the children were raised Catholic, they wouldn't be able to inherit the throne (and if Georgie had been a girl, a second-born son would have had precedence over a first-born girl in the same family, according to People). The law was established due to the monarch being the Head of the Church of England, which is of Protestant Anglican faith.

Even if the law were still an issue, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles would have some explaining to do if Prince Harry and Markle were the were forbidden to marry. In 2005, Queen Elizabeth gave Charles permission to marry fellow divorcee Camilla Parker Bowles (with some reservation, as she and Prince Philip didn't attend the ceremony — burn).

Thank goodness for papa Prince Charles, since the law now seems to be a non-issue, with the heir to the throne noting that he will be a 'defender of faiths' rather than just Anglican Protestantism — meaning that heirs to the throne can practice whichever religion they prefer.

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Our wedding bells pipe dream may not be on the horizon for the the 35-year-old and our favorite ginger just yet, but at least we know that it is possible, should the time come. Praise the lawd (no pun intended!).

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SPENCERS WOOD, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 19: Prince Harry takes part in filming a segment where a photo of him is printed on some of the targets children had to throw balls at for an episode of the Sky Sports 'Game Changers' television show dedicated to the Invictus Games at Lambs Lane Primary School on April 19, 2016 in Spencers Wood, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry attends a Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade at the Cenotaph to commemorate ANZAC Day on April 25, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Prince Harry arrives at BBC Radio 2 to appear on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on April 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Prince Harry attends the Virgin London Marathon 2016 on April 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading a new campaign called Heads Together in partnership with inspiring charities, which aims to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing. The campaign has the huge privilege of being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year. At Kensington Palace on April 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Getty Images for Royal Foundation)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 12: Britain's Prince Harry signs a hymn during a service of commemoration for victims of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Tunisia at Westminster Abbey on April 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 6: Prince Harry is seen outside Buckingham Palace on April 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - Pool/Getty Images)
POKHARA, NEPAL - MARCH 23: Prince Harry visits Kanti Children's Hospital where he meet young people being treated with burns on March 23, 2016 in Pokhara, Nepal. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
LEORANI, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Prince Harry arrives at the village of Leorani in the Himalayan foothills on day three of his visit to Nepal on March 21, 2016 in Bardia, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
BHIR KUNA, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Prince Harry exchanges a namaste with 86-year-old Mrs Pakuli Gurung at Bhir Kuna as he visits the earthquake struck village during day three of his visit to Nepal on March 21, 2016 in Bhir Kuna, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Ben Birchall - Pool/Getty Images)
BARDIA, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Prince Harry chats to rangers as he learns about 'tiger traps' the WWf and local rangers in Bardia National Park (Western Nepal) on day three of his visit to Nepal on March 21, 2016 in Bardia, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Ben Birchall - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry talks with choir boys as he attends the Commonwealth Observance Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 14, 2016 in London, England. The service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom and will celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. Kofi Annan and Ellie Goulding will take part in the service. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
BATH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 29: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry attends the UK team trials for the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at the University of Bath on January 29, 2016 in Bath, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG - DECEMBER 03: Prince Harry visits the archives at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory on December 3, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Prince Harry is visiting South Africa as part of a Royal Tour that has included the Opening of a new Charity Centre for children in Lesotho (Sentebale's Mamohato Children's Centre) and includes stops in Durban, Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Johannesburg. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 03: Prince Harry walks with Graca Machel, widow of Nelson Mandela, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory during an official visit to Africa on December 3, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage)
Britain's Prince Harry examines 1995 Rugby World Cup jersey gifted from South African rugby player Francois Pienaard to Nelson Mandela at the Center for Memory at the Nelson Mandela foundation on December 3, 2015 in Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN / AFP / MUJAHID SAFODIEN (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 03: Prince Harry gives a speech at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory on December 3, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Prince Harry is visiting South Africa as part of a Royal Tour that has included the Opening of a new Charity Centre for children in Lesotho (Sentebale's Mamohato Children's Centre) and includes stops in Durban, Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Johannesburg. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Prince Harry looks at the carcass of a rhino which was killed by poachers in Kruger National Park, on the fifth day of an official visit to Africa on December 2, 2015 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Paul Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend a BAFTA Childrens Charity screening of Shaun The Sheep on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: (L to R) Prince Harry, Barbara Broccoli and Sam Mendes attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Spectre' at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and Jake Warren attend day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 16, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
CIRENCESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Prince Harry (right) and George Spencer Churchill, La Martina Brand Ambassador at the Maserati Jerudong Park Trophy at Cirencester Park Polo Club. on May 24, 2015 in Cirencester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for La Martina/Maserati)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16: Prince Harry plays five a side football game in The Cloud on Auckland's waterfront during a 2015 FIFA U-20 event on May 16, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. Prince Harry is in New Zealand from May 9 through to May 16 attending events in Wellington, Invercargill, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 20: Prince Harry and Nacho Gigueras smile during the prize-giving of the Sentebale Polo Cup presented by Royal Salute World Polo at Ghantoot Polo Club on November 20, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for Royal Salute)
BURY ST EDMUNDS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Prince Harry presents No26 Squadron with a new Standard at RAF Honington on November 13, 2014 in Bury St Edmunds, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 28: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry gives a Thumbs Up as he watches the swimming at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre during the 20th Commonwealth Games on July 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 28: Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the gymnastics during the Commonwealth Games on July 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TIDWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry plays (for the Army team) in the Army v Navy Rundle Cup Polo Match at Tidwoth Polo Club on July 12, 2014 in Tidworth, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ALNWICK, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 22: Prince Harry attends the wedding of Melissa Percy and Thomas Staubenzee at Alnwick Castle on June 22, 2013 in Alnwick, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Prince Harry (L) and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge look on during a presentation following a charity polo match at Beaufort Polo Club on June 16, 2013 in Tetbury, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Prince Harry poses for photographs with Team GB swimmers on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on September 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry gives the thumps up on the trading floor as he attends BGC Partners' Charity Day in London, on September 12, 2011. Britain's Prince Harry, co-founder and Patron of Sentebale, today attended BGC Partnersâ Charity Day, which is held each year to commemorate the companyâs 658 employees who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Prince Harry helped raise money for Sentebale and other charities by supporting BGC Partners in deals on the trading floor. AFP PHOTO / PAUL GROVER / POOL (Photo credit should read PAUL GROVER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Prince Harry attends a reception for Prince Harry's charity Sentebale at Greenwich Country Club on June 26, 2010 in New York, New York. Prince Harry is on a three day trip to New York culmulating on Sunday where he will play in a polo match supporting his charity Sentebale. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry throws out the first pitch at the Minnesota Twins vs New York Mets game at Citi Field on June 26, 2010 in the Queens Borough of New York City.
Prince Harry throws out the first pitch at the Minnesota Twins vs New York Mets game at Citi Field on June 26, 2010 in the Queens Borough of New York City.
SEMONGKONG - JUNE 17: Prince William and Prince Harry play football with children during a visit to the Semongkong Children's Centre on June 17, 2010 in Semongkong, Lesotho. The Princes are on a joint trip to Southern Africa to visit projects supported by their respective charities Tusk Trust (Prince William) and Sentebale (Prince Harry). (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
SEMONGKONG - JUNE 17: Prince Harry plays football with children during a visit to the Semongkong Children's Centre on June 17, 2010 in Semongkong, Lesotho. The Princes are on a joint trip to Southern Africa to visit projects supported by their respective charities Tusk Trust (Prince William) and Sentebale (Prince Harry). (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 04: Prince Harry attends day 1 of the Wirelees Music Festival at Hyde Park on July 4, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) HRH Prince Harry plays in the Westbury Shield charity polo match at Coworth Polo Club on July 5, 2009 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince William And Prince Harry Attend A Photocall During Their Training At Raf Shawbury, Nr Shrewsbury. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
SURREY, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: (NO PUBLICATION IN UK MEDIA FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry meets injured service personnel during a visit to Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre on April 21, 2008 in Surrey, England. (Photo by POOL/ Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
Prince Harry steps off a plane at RAF Brize Norton as he returns from Afghanistan on March 1, 2008 in Brize Norton, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
DORSET, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Prince William and Prince Harry attend the funeral of Major Bruce Shand at the Holy Trinity Church in Stourpaine on June 16, 2006 in Dorset, England. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Nacho Gonzalez, James Harper and Prince Harry applaud during the presentation of The Golden Jubilee Trophy on Cartier International Day at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park on July 24, 2005 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Getty Images)
CIRENCESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Prince Harry plays polo at the Final Queen Mother Trophy & Corinium Bowl Doug Brown Cup Matches at Cirencester Park Polo Club on July 17, 2005 in Cirencester, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Prince Harry looks thoughtful as he arrives to participate in the Queen Mother Trophy and Corinium Bowl Doug Brown Cup Matches at Cirencester Park Polo Club on July 17, 2005 in Cirencester, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
Prince William Plays In A Match At The Cirencester Park Polo Club, Accompanied By Prince Harry. (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)
GLOUCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Prince Harry at the Cirencester Polo Club, Gloucestershire on July 18, 2004. (Photo by Carl De Souza/Getty Images)
HIGHGROVE, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 26: Prince Harry At Highgrove, Gloucestershire (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Prince William (L) and Prince Harry leave St. George's Chapel in Windsor after the wedding of Sophie Rhys-Jones and Prince Edward, Saturday 19 June 1999. Buckingham Palace announced before the wedding that the the couple will in future be known as the Earl and Countess of Wessex. (Photo credit should read IAN WALDIE/AFP/Getty Images)
the son of Prince Charles, Prince Harry walks in the paddocks of the Silverstone racetrack at the end of the 50th British Formula One Grand Prix,11 July1999. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
ETON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 2; Prince Harry arrives at Eton College, to settle in before his first day, on September 2, 1998 in, Eton, United Kingdom..( Photo by UK Press via Getty Images )
Diana Princess Of Wales, Prince William & Prince Harry Visit The 'Thorpe Park' Amusement Park. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Diana Princess Of Wales, Prince William & Prince Harry Visit The 'Thorpe Park' Amusement Park. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: The Princess Of Wales With Her Son, Prince Henry, At The Wedding Of Helen Windsor To Tim Taylor. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON- JUNE : (FILE PHOTO) Prince Harry waves as he travels in an open carriage to watch the Trooping the colour Ceremony in June, 1992 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Prince Harry Sledging, In Lech, Austria, With His Brother Prince William, On An Annual Ski Holiday With Their Mother, The Princess Of Wales. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
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