At FGD we’re not really Royalists but we couldn’t help add our congratulations to the worldwide storm that is now talking about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This is for a number of reasons, not least because Meghan (who is an actress – in case you haven’t seen one of the million “who is Meghan Markle” articles circulating online) played one of our favourite Suits characters – Rachel Zane. If you’ve ever been to our offices you’d know that we’ve named all of our meeting rooms after our favourite law shows and Suits is of course one of them.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that as a family law firm, who deal with lots of separation, we’d have a cynical view of marriage. In fact we do not, we’re all about facilitating good relationships and our favourite separations are those in which both parties can work things out in a way that makes each really happy with the outcome.
We also help couples who are getting together, with things like Binding Financial Agreements (or you may have heard of the term ‘pre-nuptial agreement’) and Estate Planning – something that is very important to consider when getting married. So naturally, seeing reports of such a high profile (and Royal!) marriage, we can’t help but speculate about the complexities of any legal agreements or documents that may be involved for Harry and Meghan.
We think it’s pretty cool that Meghan is joining such a high profile and traditionally conservative family. Meghan has been previously married (and divorced), which if you look at the history of the British Royal Family, and The Church of England (The Royals are the ‘head’ of the C of E – are you sick of British trivia yet?), is a fact they find difficult to come to terms with. It is refreshing to see that the Royals are progressing a bit and that Meghan is a role model who is breaking down some of the stigma surrounding being divorced.
We know that a lot of our clients struggle with the concept that being divorced might tarnish their reputation. For some people it’s a bit of a dirty word. Divorce is becoming increasingly common and that’s ok, the idea that a couple should stay together if they are no longer in love, or may have other reasons to split, is ridiculous. Meghan, who has spoken out as an advocate for women’s rights is a very successful actress and is about to enter into what appears will be a very happy marriage. Certainly she hasn’t let being divorced slow her down.
So of course we wish Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a long and happy life together! (But if they ever want to split up we know a good lawyer…)
If you’re about to get married and think you might need a Binding Financial Agreement or an Estate Plan (especially if you’ve previously written a Will – because marriage will revoke it) contact us today.