Church of England says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can marry at Westminster Abbey after all

While there has been speculation that Meghan Markle's former marriage and divorce could keep her from marrying Prince Harry -- or at the very least, keep the couple from having their ceremony at Westminster Abbey (where Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William both tied the knot to Prince Philip and Kate Middleton, respectively) -- a spokesman for the historic church is setting the record straight.

"The Abbey follows the General Synod Ruling of 2002," he affirmed. "Since then it has been possible for divorced people to be married in the Church of England."

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Despite the rules that theoretically would have allowed him to marry at Westminster Abbey, Prince Charles and Camila opted for a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall in 2005.

As for the lengthy ruling, it states, "... some marriages regrettably do fail and that the Church's care for couples in that situation should be of paramount importance."

It goes on to affirm that the "decision as to whether or not to solemnise such a marriage in church after divorce rests with the minister." Judging by the spokesman's aforementioned statement, Harry and Meghan likely won't have a problem in this respect.

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In addition to the Church's approval, though, Harry would also need to get the Queen's blessing, per a revised version of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. And rumor has it that the prince has already asked his grandmother for permission.

"The way it's going, the engagement will probably happen this year," a source reportedly told Star magazine. "Harry has got approval from the Queen to propose to Meghan, he's already had those conversations with Her Majesty. An engagement is imminent." The relationship does seem to be getting more serious, as the duo was spotted getting cozy at Harry's polo match at the beginning of May.

With that said, we'll believe engagement news when we see an official statement from Kensington Palace (and the ring, of course!).

For now, the couple has another wedding to focus on: Pippa Middleton's! Despite initial reports, they'll be attending both the ceremony and reception together on Saturday. The "Suits" actress arrived in London on Wednesday -- and let's just say, we hope she packed two outfits for the big day.

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