It’s ‘Operation Princess’ for Prince Harry’s bride-to-be
THE UNORTHODOX ROYAL COUPLE GET READY TO ANNOUNCE THEIR BIG NEWS
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were first introduced at a promotional event for the Invictus Games in Toronto in May 2016, there was instant chemistry between the pair.
Fast-forward 13 months and the world’s most talked-about couple are gearing up to announce their engagement – and make their first public appearance – fittingly, at this year’s Invictus Games, after more than a year of playing cat and mouse with royal watchers.
‘One of the things Harry learnt from his mother Princess Diana is that remaining as low-key as possible is the key to a happy relationship,’ a royal insider explains. But since becoming engaged in August during a romantic trip to Africa to celebrate Meghan’s 36th birthday, the actress has wanted to shout their news from the rooftops.
‘Harry had hoped to officially announce his engagement to Meghan shortly after they returned from their three-week holiday in Botswana at the end of August,’ a second insider reveals. However, news of William and Kate’s third pregnancy on September 4, and the anniversary of Diana’s death on August 31, meant they would have to wait in line.
‘William and Kate are the successors to the throne and must be treated that way,’ says the insider. However, if it were up to the Suits star, ‘she’d walk down the aisle tomorrow!’ As for Harry, he’s ready to stand beside his bride-to-be publicly – and come September 23, he’ll get to.
Within the palace walls, Meghan is ‘on good terms’ with her neighbours, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and has ‘made a good impression’ on Harry’s father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. She’s also found a friend in Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie.
In-laws, tick. Extended family, tick. Her Majesty? Not just yet. There’s more to be done on ‘Operation Princess’. According to reports, the palace has ‘been playing a key role’ in reducing Meghan’s publicity commitments for suits. Plus, Harry is ‘duty-bound to ask the Queen for permission’ to marry Meghan, although that doesn’t mean she’ll make an appearance at the ceremony. She shocked the world when she failed to attend her son Charles’ nuptials to Camilla in 2005 because of his and his longtime mistress’ divorcée status, something Meghan herself holds. Her absence would be heartbreaking.
While the progressive royals have relaxed some of the stuffy conditions that Diana had to upkeep, there will still be a long list of protocols for the new princess.
Meghan’s acting career will take a back seat, thanks to a full calendar of royal engagements, and naturally, social media is something the royal family does not personally engage in. But most concerning is the prospect of losing any children they have together if she and Harry were to split.
When Australia’s very own Princess Mary married Frederik, the Crown Prince of Denmark, in 2004, it was reported that if she ‘and Frederik are to divorce, she will be denied custody of any children from the marriage, who will be Danish citizens and will remain in Denmark’.
But according to the first insider, there will be no chance of Harry and Meghan following in their own parents’ footsteps when it comes to divorce. ‘He and Meghan are so in love.’