Saturday 23 September 2017

Why Prince Harry might have to wait to pop the question to Meghan Markle

Prince Harry, left, and Meghan Markle, right
Prince Harry, left, and Meghan Markle, right
Prince Harry issued a statement confirming his relationship with Meghan in November
Meghan Markle heads to afternoon yoga in Toronto, Canada. Picture: Splash News
Prince Harry arrives at the London Ambulance Service in central London, Britain February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Actress Meghan Markle
Prince Harry at the London Ambulance Service in London for the launch of this year's Time to Talk Day, the annual awareness day run by Time to Change aimed at getting the nation talking about mental health.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry ( left) wait to take part in a race at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, as they joined runners taking part in the London Marathon for their mental health campaign Heads Together.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge and Prince Harry seen leaving after a briefing to announce plans for Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon at ICA on January 17, 2017 in London, England.
(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Savannah Phillips, Prince Harry and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2016 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry arrives for the unveiling of the dedication to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy and Arbour Day Fair at Queen Victoria Park Botanical Gardens on the third day of an official visit on November 22, 2016 in St John's, Antigua and Barbuda.
Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive to a briefing to announce plans for Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon at ICA on January 17, 2017 in London, England.
HRH Prince Harry, Laughs next to HM Queen Elizabeth II as they look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 13, 2009 in London, England.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry looks at the Webb Ellis Cup on a plinth during a reception to mark the Rugby World Cup 2015 at Buckingham Palace on October 12, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Anthony Devlin -WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend at the annual Chelsea Flower show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Simmonds - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend the annual Chelsea Flower show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson - Pool /Getty Images)
Prince Harry chats to Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15, 2013 in London, England.
L-R) Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping The Colour ceremony
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

They've been dating less than a year, but rumours of a pending engagement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been ciriculating for months.

After nine together, the young British royal and American actress are said to be "practically living together" as she resides in Kensington Palace during the off-season of Suits; so it stands to reason that they might make it official sooner rather than later.

Meghan has met the in-laws including Prince William, Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte during a recent trip to London and Harry met with Meghan's mother Doria Radlan in Los Angeles.

Insiders in both camps claim they are "head over heels" and already thinking about the future, but Harry would have an obstacle to overcome before getting down on bended knee - getting Queen Elizabeth's permission to wed.

Prince Harry arrives at the London Ambulance Service in central London, Britain February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Prince Harry arrives at the London Ambulance Service in central London, Britain February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

According to British law, Harry must ask for his grandmother's permission before popping the question in accordance with the Royal Marriages Act 1772 which requires the reigning monarch to formally approve any marriage.

It relates to the descendants sixth in line to the throne, so William would have also had to seek approval from Britain's queen before his 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton.

If their relationship is anything to go by, an introduction to the monarch might be a long way away as the Duchess of Cambridge had to wait four years before meeting her.

But at the rate this couple is going, who knows?

Meghan Markle heads to afternoon yoga in Toronto, Canada. Picture: Splash News
Meghan Markle heads to afternoon yoga in Toronto, Canada. Picture: Splash News
Prince Harry chats to Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15, 2013 in London, England.
Prince Harry chats to Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15, 2013 in London, England.
L-R) Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping The Colour ceremony
L-R) Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping The Colour ceremony

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