It’s of­fi­cial!

Harry and Meghan set the date

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Woman's Day This Week -

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.”

Room­forMum

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.

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