It’s of­fi­cial! Prince Harry and Meghan are fi­nally en­gaged

AS THE WORLD WAITS FOR A WED­DING, THE NEW­EST ROYAL COU­PLE PRE­PARE FOR MORE BIG AN­NOUNCE­MENTS

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It’s the royal en­gage­ment news the world has been wait­ing for – and now it seems two new an­nounce­ments are on the way for Prince Harry and his bride-to-be, Meghan.

New Idea can ex­clu­sively re­veal that wed­ding in­vi­ta­tions have been sent out to special guests for a ‘win­ter wed­ding’ in the UK, with the Queen giv­ing her bless­ing for the hugely an­tic­i­pated royal nup­tials.

‘In­vi­ta­tions have been sent to se­nior roy­als and key dig­ni­taries to “save the date,”’ says a top palace courtier. ‘Given that there’s a very short turn­around on the an­nounce­ment and wed­ding, the Queen wants to make sure that none of the se­nior roy­als and politi­cians or­gan­ise hol­i­days or special events around that time.

‘The Queen wants to wait un­til af­ter her and Philip’s an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions are over be­fore mak­ing an an­nounce­ment on the wed­ding date, but plans for a win­ter cer­e­mony are well un­der way.’

But now, well-placed palace sources tell New Idea that more bomb­shell an­nounce­ments are on their way, amid ru­mours that the cou­ple are ex­pect­ing their first child and could be mar­ried in as lit­tle as eight weeks.

‘We’ve heard on very good au­thor­ity that Meghan is al­ready preg­nant,’ a top palace courtier has re­vealed. ‘Prince Harry has told the Queen that they would like to marry “as soon as pos­si­ble”, which is only mak­ing the preg­nancy spec­u­la­tion even more rife.

‘At one point, one of the Queen’s ad­vis­ers in­di­cated that they could make time for a West­min­ster Abbey cer­e­mony in eight weeks, and Harry was very keen – which would place the wed­ding in Jan­uary.

‘He and Meghan are in a very big rush to get down the aisle, and every­one’s guess­ing it’s be­cause she doesn’t want to be too far along for the big day.’

Adding to the baby talk is re­ports that Meghan has told stylists that she’d like a flow­ing, for­giv­ing style of bridal gown – lead­ing to more spec­u­la­tion that she’ll have a bump on the big day.

Meghan her­self re­cently ad­mit­ted that she’d love a more unique wed­ding dress, and men­tioned bridal de­sign­ers who spe­cialise in more whim­si­cal and floaty de­signs.

‘Del­phine Manivet and Chris­tos Costarel­los are faves of mine for their unique­ness and beauty,’ Meghan told

Glam­our. ‘And I will al­ways be a fan of Elie Saab.’

While baby ru­mours run rife, prepa­ra­tions for the of­fi­cial wed­ding cer­e­mony ap­pear to be mov­ing along very steadily. Sources tell New Idea that 36-year-old Meghan has al­ready asked fu­ture sis­ter-in­law Kate – who’ll be heav­ily preg­nant at the nup­tials – to be maid of hon­our, while Princess Char­lotte will be brides­maid and Prince Ge­orge one of the page­boys.

‘Meghan loved the role Kate took in Pippa Mid­dle­ton’s re­cent wed­ding and would love her to do the same at her big day – look­ing af­ter her and, of course, all the chil­dren,’ says a source close to the ac­tress.

‘Af­ter all, Kate has been there be­fore and knows ex­actly what will hap­pen – all the of­fi­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and ex­pec­ta­tions.

‘The only con­cern is that Kate will be seven months preg­nant in Jan­uary – but she’s told Meghan not to worry, that she’ll be ab­so­lutely fine and is re­ally look­ing for­ward to help­ing her on her big day.

‘Meghan is very ner­vous about mess­ing up around the Queen and mak­ing a mis­take, so Kate will be in­stru­men­tal in help­ing her through it all and keep­ing her calm.’

Trusted palace cor­re­spon­dent Phil Dampier has also given in­sight into the wed­ding plans, re­veal­ing that the cou­ple will take on the ti­tles of Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex af­ter the wed­ding. He also re­vealed that more than 700 guests will at­tend the cer­e­mony, which will be held at West­min­ster Abbey.

But it’s emerged that Harry has also taken on a key role with all the wed­ding plans and is planning a ‘huge con­cert’ at the re­cep­tion to cel­e­brate their love.

‘They are head over heels in love and they can’t wait to be husband and wife,’ a close friend tells Phil Dampier.

‘Harry says Meghan is “The One”, he wants to share the rest of his life with her and they are a match made in heaven.’

‘Harry and Meghan are in a very big rush to get down the aisle’

Af­ter cel­e­brat­ing their nup­tials, the happy cou­ple will be adding to the royal baby boom!

The Aus­tralian State Coach could fea­ture on the day.

The star looked stun­ning as a brides­maid at her friend’s wed­ding in Au­gust last year.

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