Coincidentally, the date of the soon-to-come Royal Wedding shares a ‘dark past’ with the history of the Royal Family.
One twitter user was quick to point it out after the date of the wedding was officially confirmed for May 19, 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially announced the date of the Royal Wedding to be May 19, 2018.
Whether you are a fan of the royal family or not, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the buzz surrounding the hottest trending couple in the world right now. But one twitter user has pooped the royal wedding with a slightly disturbing, yet equally interesting revelation.
Every couple has some history and baggage to deal with, but when you’re royalty, the ‘history’ part can stretch a couple of thousand years back and could be quite… umm… illustrious, to put it mildly.
Coincidentally, the date of the soon-to-come Royal Wedding falls on the same day on which Harry’s ancestor Henry VIII lopped off the head of his second wife, Anne Boleyn! To give you some perspective, here’s a short history lesson:
Henry VIII, one of the most well-known kings of England, took the throne upon his father, Henry VII’s death in 1509.
Among other things, Henry loved hunting, dancing, fortifying the British Navy and lopping off the heads of people he didn’t particularly like!
He was married to the then queen, Catherine of Aragon. Like all sensible kings of the time, Henry needed a male heir to continue his bloodline. The problem was that Catherine bore him only one daughter and she was in her 40s which is the equivalent of today’s 60s for the Middle Ages!
Henry wanted to annul the marriage, so he went to the Pope. But Catherine’s nephew was the most powerful ruler in Europe at the time, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. The Pope was scared out of his wits and refused to annul the marriage. At about the same time, the beautiful and charismatic Anne Boleyn arrived on the scene.
She caught Henry’s eye and they had a royal affair! When Anne got pregnant, Henry decided to go all-in, went against the Church, declared himself the new head of the Church and married her anyway.
The Church excommunicated Henry, but that didn’t stop him. He declared himself the new head of the Church and went about business as usual.
But soon, he grew tired of Anne Boleyn. She had borne him a daughter, Elizabeth I (the future Queen), and two more pregnancies ended in miscarriage. Henry, still desperate for a male heir, considered the marriage cursed and he blamed Anne for this misfortune. He started looking for a way out of the marriage.
A couple of years later, Anne was conveniently arrested on charges of adultery with five men, one of them including her brother! At the trial, Anne was accused of adultery and witchcraft and sentenced to death.
Finally, in the year 1536, on May 19 (the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s soon-to-be wedding), Henry passed the sentence and a swordsman promptly chopped Anne’s head off!
To make things more interesting, Harry is just the Prince’s nickname. He is actually Prince Henry of Wales!
So that makes Henry VIII his namesake! If that’s not enough, according to a report by The Telegraph, a study into Meghan’s family tree revealed that her ancestor was, in fact, beheaded on the orders of none other than Henry VIII (he sure did love to lop them heads off!)
Meanwhile, the twitterati is having a field day! While some of them are calling it a mere coincidence, some of them had a few interesting observations to make:
In spite of all this, the royal couple seem to not care much, as they can be seen getting lovey-dovey practically everywhere they go, much do the delight of the paparazzi looking for some ‘aww’ moments.
Hopefully, all this is just a coincidence and not an ominous sign for the soon-to-be betrothed! But if there’s one piece of wedding advice we could give Meghan, it would be this: “Mind your head! Good luck!”