Friday 27 April 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth for tea at Buckingham Palace' as engagement rumours swirl

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, left, and Britain's Queen Elizabeth, right
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, left, and Britain's Queen Elizabeth, right
Meghan Markle, girlfriend of Britain's Prince Harry watches the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Britain's Prince Harry (R) sits with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle to watch a wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Britain's Prince Harry and his girlfriend actress Meghan Markle watch the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch Wheelchair Tennis at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Britain's Prince Harry (R) sits with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle to watch a wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Meghan Markle, said to be Prince Harry's girlfriend, watches the opening ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, September 23, 2017
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.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the Coach Core graduation ceremony for more than 150 Coach Core apprentices at The London Stadium on October 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/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.
Britain's Prince Harry and his girlfriend actress Meghan Markle watch the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

An engagement announcement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seems like an inevitability at this stage.

The couple have only been dating for a year and a half, but they've been serious about their future since the get-go and rumours of an engagement have been swirling for weeks. Reports are claiming that the pair are already secretly engaged, but enjoying this time to themselves before announcing it to the world. Other sources say they're waiting until Markle finishes filming season eight of her tv show Suits in Toronto and moving to London to be with her boyfriend full-time and dip her toe into royal life. One thing is for certain: they are in love.

Britain's Prince Harry (R) sits with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle to watch a wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Britain's Prince Harry (R) sits with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle to watch a wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

And while meeting the potential in-laws can be intimidating for anyone, the American actress had the extra pressure of meeting Harry's grandmother, Britain's Queen Elizabeth for an extended afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace last week, only adding further fuel to the suggestions that an announcement is imminment. 

It's unclear whether or not Meghan previously met the head of the British royal family, but she has already wowed his father Prince Charles and struck up a friendship with Prince William and Kate Middleton and perhaps most importantly, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

"Everything about the teatime meeting was deliberately informal, I am told," the Daily Mail reports. "In part it was to settle any nerves Meghan might have felt but also to ensure it was not widely publicised within the palace.

"After being driven in to the inner courtyard, the couple were said to have been whisked up to the Queen’s private sitting room on the first floor overlooking the palace gardens and Constitution Hill, and which is served by a lift."

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.

When news of their relationship first went public last year, Meghan could be pictured carrying Whole Foods grocery bags as any other shopper would, but is now restricting her appearances around London to ensure her privacy.

It has also been reported that the tv star has quit her hit show, telling producers she won't be returning for another season after filming wraps. And much like his older brother and sister-in-law's expansive home in Norfolk, he's said to be house hunting in the country with his other half.

Meghan and Harry made their first public appearance earlier this month at the Invictus Games in Toronto, with a source

 last week, an engagement seems all but imminent, but insiders are now claiming that the 32-year-old royal may have already popped the question to the American actress."I think it's already happened but they're holding the news back until she has finished on Suits," a source told Us Weekly. "I've never seen them happier. It's amazing."

Britain's Prince Harry (R) arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Britain's Prince Harry (R) arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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