Friday, 13 October 2017

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle: Are They Even ALLOWED to Get Married?!

As you've no doubt heard by now, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appear to be headed for the altar.

Rumors about Harry and Meghan getting engaged have been circulating pretty much from the day they started dating.

On several occasions, we've been told that Harry had popped the question and an official announcement was imminent.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Invictus Games

Each time, of course, the royal decree that Suits is now the official legal drama of British Empire never happened, and like clockwork, we were greeted with a wave of explanatory follow-up rumors.

Some claim Harry and Meghan are already enagaged, but holding off on making an announcenment.

Others insist Harry is waiting for a special occasion to propose, the date of which keeps getting pushed back in order to suit the narrative (many currently have it at Christmas).

And then there are those who believe Harry and Meghan are facing a roadblock that neither of them anticipated--one that may prove insurmountable.

We probably don't need to tell you that the royal family is an insititution that's steeped in tradition and the continued observation of certain outdated social mores.

Meghan Markle Sparkles

When it comes to marriage, of course, the royal rules often come into conflict

Famously disastrous royal romances include Charles and Di, Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend, and of course, Henry VIII and like half the women of England.

The royals' messy marital history and laundry list of arcane rules has brought up several interesting questions with regard to the HarMeg relationshiop the most salient of which is, are Harry and Meghan allowed to get married?

It may seem like a ridiculous thing to ask, as both parties are grown adults, and as a guy who could conceivably be King of England one day, you'd think Harry would be allowed to do pretty much whatever the hell he wants.

But his power is derived from his connection to his family, and his family observes several strict ordinances which could complicate his relationship with Meghan.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Hold Hands

For one thing Meghan is divorced, which has led to rumors that she and Harry may not be permitted to get married in the Church of England, a fully legit religious sect that was founded under the principle that sometimes a married guy needs to be able to bone someone new.

Meghan married Trevor Egelson in 2011, and though the marriage lasted less than two years, it's led to rumors that she may not be permitted to marry Harry in the church founded by his ancestors.

Many have pointed to the case of Edward VIII, who was forced to abdicate the throne in 1936 in order to marry Wallis Simpson, a divorced socialite, who--like Meghan--happend to also be American.

But as People magazine and may others have pointed out, times have changed just a bit since Edward and Wallis' time.

Prince Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005, and despite the fact that it's the second marriage for both, the union is recognized by the Church of England.

Meghan Markle Pic

Of course, esoteric religious docrtine is just the tip of the iceberg, and there have been many other rumors about why Harry and Meghan might not be able to get married.

Some say the royal family disapproves of Meghan (interestingly, Camilla is said to be leading the charge on that score) due to her career as an actress.

Others say the Queen won't give her blessing because Meghan is American, but that seems bogus for a number of reasons.

For one thing, Queen Elizabeth II is freakin' 91 years old. 

We doubt she's burning bridges with her grandson and his girlfriend just because she dislikes accents that are different from her own.

Plus, that whole messy revolution business was like 241 years ago. The Brits are probably over it by now.

So in all likelihood, Harry and Meghan will get married sometime in the near future.

And when will their engagement be official?

Like the rest of the world, we have no idea, but we'll continue to keep you apprised of avery ridiculous rumor!

*Dover is a small town in Pope County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,329 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Russellville Micropolitan Statistical Area. Contents 1 Geography 2 Demographics 3 General info 4 The Dover massacre 5 Notable people 6 References Geography Dover is located at 35°24'2?N 93°6'45?W (35.400597, -93.112534).[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all land. Demographics Historical population Census Pop. %± 1880 368 — 1890 528 43.5% 1900 373 -29.4% 1910 385 3.2% 1920 388 0.8% 1930 510 31.4% 1940 493 -3.3% 1950 510 3.4% 1960 525 2.9% 1970 662 26.1% 1980 948 43.2% 1990 1,055 11.3% 2000 1,329 26.0% 2010 1,378 3.7% Est. 2014 1,397 1.4% U.S. Decennial Census[2] 2014 Estimate[3] As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,329 people, 529 households, and 372 families residing in the city. The population density was 732.7 people per square mile (283.5/km²). There were 579 housing units at an average density of 319.2 per square mile (123.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.37% White, 0.23% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 529 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.01. In the city the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 79.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $27,697, and the median income for a family was $33,879. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $19,073 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,261. About 10.6% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over. General info Dover was either named by British aristocrats in the 1830s for Dover, Kent, England or by Stephen Rye in 1832 for Dover, Tennessee.[5] Dover was the county seat for Pope County in the 1800s. The original Pope County Courthouse was located where Dover Supermarket now sits. Dover is a small town near Russellville; it has several churches, a grocery store and a hardware store. Dover acts like a satellite city in relation to nearby Russellville[citation needed] and many residents commute regularly for work and education. The Dover massacre On December 22, 1987, Ronald Gene Simmons, of Dover, killed all fourteen members of his family during a Christmas reunion in Dover. Two days later, he continued his killing spree in the county seat of Russellville, having targeted previous employers and co-workers, killing two and wounding two more. Simmons was arrested without resistance, was sentenced to death on December 10, 1989, and executed on June 25, 1990, the quickest sentence-to-execution time in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Notable people L.J. Churchill (December 8, 1902 – October 2, 1987) was a highly regarded civic and political figure in Dover. A Cumberland Presbyterian and a Mason, Churchill served as mayor and on the municipal school board, both nonpartisan positions. He had been state chairman of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. Prior to his retirement, he operated L.J. Churchill's General Merchandise Store and was a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Dover. In 1960, he was a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives, having been defeated by the incumbent Democrat Dale Alford of Little Rock. Churchill was married to the former Audra Hill and had a son, Eunice Vance "Buck" Churchill, and two daughters, Ola Elaine Churchill Berry and Mary Janea "Polly" Churchill Massey, all of Dover.[6] Robert E. Dale, Republican former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Dover, 2009 to 2015 Jeff Davis, 20th Governor of Arkansas (1901-1907), later a US Senator (1907-1913). A very controversial figure, Davis was known for demagoguery and fiery rhetoric to appeal to his agrarian political base while disparaging city dwellers, blacks and Yankees Trevor Drown, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Pope and Van Buren counties since 2015; succeeded Robert Dale Virginia Hudson, American flautist and teacher began her musical education at Dover High School. Jared Keylon, rodeo cowboy who qualified for 2012 National Finals Rodeo (birthplace). Ronald Gene Simmons, retired United States Air Force master sergeant who killed sixteen people over a weeklong period in 1987, beginning in Dover
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