It’s ‘Op­er­a­tion Princess’ for Prince Harry’s bride-to-be

THE UN­ORTHO­DOX ROYAL COU­PLE GET READY TO AN­NOUNCE THEIR BIG NEWS

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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.’

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