A picture has been released of the document signed by the Queen giving her consent for Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle.

The Queen signed the Instrument of Consent in March – an elaborate notice of approval, transcribed in calligraphy, and issued under the Great Seal of the Realm.

The document states: “Now know ye that we have consented and do by these presents signify our consent to the contracting of matrimony between our most dearly beloved grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales KCVO and Rachel Meghan Markle.”

Harry took Meghan to meet the Queen for afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace in October last year to introduce her to the woman he wanted to wed.

If Harry failed to get the Queen’s approval, he and his future descendants would be disqualified from succeeding to the Crown.

Thanks to the new law, a member of the royal family can now also marry a Roman Catholic and not lose their place in the line of succession.

A Roman Catholic royal still cannot be king or queen.

There is no requirement that royals marry someone of royal or aristocratic blood.