Harry and Meghan set the date
As we eagerly await news of an official engagement announcement,
Suits star Meghan Markle has confirmed the serious nature of her relationship with Prince Harry by speaking publicly about their royal romance for the very first time. “It’s really simple – we’re two people who are really happy and in love,” confesses the actress, 36. “I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward, present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time – this is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.”
We do too! And we’re even more excited to hear that the smitten duo have already set a wedding date, reportedly in April 2018, in the British spring.
Meanwhile, that “time when we will have to come forward” is imminent, with a royal insider telling us the couple will make their public debut at the Invictus Games. The prince’s sporting event for wounded soldiers will be held this month in Toronto, where Meghan has lived for the past seven years while filming her hit legal drama.
“Harry and Meghan don’t want their relationship to take attention away from the games, a cause that’s so dear to Harry, but the palace has suggested they could use their romance to bring in large donations and an even greater viewership,” our insider tells.
“They will be openly affectionate as they hang out with veterans together – we might even see a kiss. Harry is so excited to introduce Meghan as his girlfriend. He knows she’s ‘the one’.”
Indeed, VanityFair has predicted biracial divorcée Meghan “will become the first American to marry into the royal family since Wallis Simpson famously wed King Edward VIII, forcing his abdication from the throne, almost 81 years ago”.
In her interview with the magazine, the actress also talks about growing up in a gritty, working-class neighbourhood of Los Angeles. She recalls the 1992 riots, when she was sent home from school to find her yard covered in ash from the fires. “Oh, my God, Mommy, it’s snowing!” she said to her mother Doria Ragland, who replied, “No, Flower, it’s not snow. Get in the house.”
Yoga instructor Doria still lives in the same area, though Meghan is reportedly trying to move her into a safer home, in a gated community. A source close to the actress tells us, “Her mum’s neighbourhood is a bit sketchy and there was a break-in down the street the other day. Meghan worries that Doria could become a sitting target for criminals, especially once she and Harry get married, and everyone knows who she is.”
Meghan has also asked Harry, who turns 33 this week, if Doria could have a special suite in Kensington Palace for whenever she wants to visit her daughter. We’re told, “Meghan wants Doria to be with her all the time and to experience royal life, and Harry will do anything to make her happy. But Doria is a bit reluctant about the move and the grandeur of the palace.
“Meghan is having trouble making her see sense. Now Harry has offered to step in and turn on the charm with Doria, joking that he’ll refuse to marry Meghan unless she’s part of the package!”
Harry and Meghan have only recently returned to the UK, where they’re staying in Harry’s Kensington Palace apartment Nottingham Cottage, following a romantic
three-week holiday in Africa.
After their luxury safari in Botswana, where it’s believed Harry popped the question, the pair spent the final days of their vacation in Zambia, staying in the exclusive $2200-a-night Tongabezi Lodge overlooking Victoria Falls.
As well as canoeing and visiting a local village, the pair enjoyed a candlelit dinner for two on a floating restaurant, with each course brought over to them on a boat.
“They spent a lot of time talking and laughing together,” reports a witness. “Whatever activity they were doing, they were always in a happy mood, holding hands and cuddling.”
Harry and Meghan arrived back in London two days before the 20th anniversary of the death of his mother, Princess Diana, and the actress was invited to join the royal family as they marked the milestone in private, further confirming her status as a princess-in-waiting.
They’re back from Africa and romance is still in the air. nd nfesses ll The actress wants to give mum Doria the royal treatment. Meghan, pictured at 14 with dad Thomas and nephew Tyler, had a modest upbringing.
Cover girl Meghan opens up about her royal romance in VanityFair.