Should exes be invited to weddings? Prince Harry seems to think so.
The Daily Mail reports that Prince Harry may be inviting ex-girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas to his wedding. According to a source: “Harry has stayed good friends with Chelsy and Cressida, so they will be there…He made sure there were no hard feelings when they split up. I don’t think Meghan will mind.” This is not the first time an ex has been invited to a royal wedding—in 1981, Camilla Parker Bowles made an appearance at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana—but the gesture may still raise a few eyebrows, for obvious reasons. (Parker Bowles and Prince Charles married in 2005.)
Meanwhile, Meghan Markle remains possibly the most composed future princess the royal family has ever seen. According to the source in Daily Mail, there is no bad blood between Markle and Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriends.
However, her insouciance at the prospect of inviting exes stops there. Markle will not be inviting her ex-husband, producer Trevor Engelson, to whom she was married for two years until 2013 when the couple divorced, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the basis for their split. She has a good reason for not extending the invite to her ex—he is allegedly developing a television comedy about a man whose ex-wife marries a prince. While Engelson has claimed the project is fictional, the premise certainly is on the nose, or at least familiar enough for Markle to refuse him an invite to her nuptials in May.
Being a divorcée who plans to marry into the royal family marks just one of the many ways Markle is breaking tradition and royal protocal. Until 2002, the Church of England did not allow divorced people to marry in church, but according to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Markle’s divorce is no longer a problem in the eyes of the Church of England.