How the Church of England has shifted on divorce, from Henry VIII to Meghan Markle

Source: The Washington Post

Britain’s Prince Harry is set to marry Meghan Markle on Saturday. (Matt Dunham/AP)

 When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stand before the altar at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, a refuge of the British monarch for a thousand years, the archbishop of Canterbury will tie the knot with vows from the Book of Common Prayer that read, “to have and to hold . . . until death do us part.”

Not so very long ago, this wedding — with this service, and this officiant, at this place — would have been impossible.

Not because Markle is an American and a commoner, marrying a prince now sixth in line for the throne. And not because the actress is biracial, was raised Episcopalian and attended Catholic school in Los Angeles.

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