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