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The Bri­tish tabloids have long been claim­ing the prince is on the verge of propos­ing but now things sure are start­ing to look like they’re head­ing that way.

Most telling of all was the cou­ple’s re­cent ro­man­tic get­away to one of Harry’s favourite spots to cel­e­brate Meghan’s 36th birth­day – Botswana.

Ac­cord­ing to Hello! mag­a­zine, the love­birds ex­plored the coun­try for three weeks, part of which they spent cruis­ing along the breath­tak­ing Oka­vango Delta.

The coun­try is close to Harry’s heart: he’s of­ten vis­ited Botswana since he was 13 and would no doubt have hoped to im­press his Toronto-based city girl with his knowl­edge of the African bush.

Los An­ge­les-born Meghan shares her beau’s love for Africa – as a World Vi­sion global am­bas­sador, Meghan has done ex­ten­sive work with com­mu­ni­ties in Rwanda, and royal-watch­ers were in a frenzy dur­ing the cou­ple’s re­cent trip.

Spec­u­la­tion was rife Harry would pop the ques­tion and fol­low in the foot­steps of his big brother, Prince Wil­liam.

Will asked Kate Middleton to be his wife on their own ro­man­tic African ad­ven­ture, ask­ing for her hand in a se­cluded log cabin in the foothills of Mount Kenya in Oc­to­ber 2010.

But if Harry did get down on bended knee, there hasn’t been a peep about it since the cou­ple qui­etly sneaked back home af­ter their break.

Ru­mour has it news of a royal en­gage­ment is im­mi­nent but it’s been kept on the down­low so it wouldn’t over­shadow the 20th an­niver­sary of Diana’s death last month.

Harry and Meghan, who’ve been to­gether for about a year, are ex­pected to make their first of­fi­cial ap­pear­ance at the In­vic­tus Games, a mul­ti­sport, Par­a­lympic-style event, on 23 Septem­ber – and con­ve­niently for Meghan, the games are be­ing held in her adopted home city of Toronto, Canada.

And now that the an­niver­sary of his mother’s death has passed, Harry is free to make any big an­nounce­ment he might have.

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