Meghan Markle is ready to rule Bri­tan­nia – here’s our de­fin­i­tive guide to the royal en­gage­ment

Why Meghan’s ready to rule Bri­tan­nia – and our hearts

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We knew it was com­ing, but even so, the an­nounce­ment that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were en­gaged left us ju­bi­lant and em­bar­rass­ingly emo­tional. Then came the photo call and TV in­ter­view – and they didn’t dis­ap­point, ei­ther. Where do we be­gin? Was it the in­ti­mate hand-hold­ing as they gazed at one an­other that melted us most? How about the story be­hind the ring (Hazza de­signed it, com­bin­ing a Botswana­sourced di­a­mond with jew­els from Princess Diana’s pri­vate col­lec­tion)? Or the fact that, when the prince went down on bended knee, they were “roast­ing a chicken”. No, most of all, it was the sim­ple fact that Bri­tain had a new princess. A re­ally good one, too.

Not only is Meghan a star in her own right on our tel­lies, she’s a top hu­man­i­tar­ian, too. And she has a re­fresh­ing back story, hail­ing not from the Bri­tish up­per class but from Cal­i­for­nia – born to a yoga-teacher mother and light­ing di­rec­tor father. She’s been mar­ried be­fore and is a world away from her fu­ture sis­ter-in-law Kate Mid­dle­ton.

But as the 36-year-old ac­tress pre­pares to change her en­tire life for­ever, the in­evitable question of what comes next fol­lows. So, we’ve spo­ken to peo­ple in the know and bro­ken it down for you. You’re roy­ally wel­come…

Where Will they be liv­ing?

Where to set­tle is a big question for any newly be­trothed, but these two have it sussed. They’ll be liv­ing in Not­ting­ham Cot­tage, the home Harry has lived in for four years and where the ac­tress moved into last month. It’s a lovely two-bed abode in the Kens­ing­ton Palace grounds, just a stone’s throw from Wil­liam and Kate.

It also has a roof gar­den, which is nice. “It’s cosy, warm and the per­fect size,” says heat’s royal in­sider. “Harry is re­ally close to Wil­liam, and that’s why he wanted to stay in the grounds of the palace. He adores be­ing an uncle and tries to spend a lot of time with his niece and nephew. He and Meghan love the idea that their fu­ture chil­dren will have cousins nearby.”

For the mo­ment, they’ll make do with their furry ba­bies – Meghan’s dog Guy has moved over (al­though her other pooch, Bog­art, is too old, so is stay­ing in Canada where she lived be­fore), while Harry con­firmed that the Queen’s fa­mous cor­gis have already taken to the new­est mem­ber of the firm.

Our in­sider adds, “Meghan is such an an­i­mal lover. She’s been en­joy­ing walk­ing Guy around the grounds, and wants to spend more time with the Queen’s cor­gis, too. She and Harry are a much more nor­mal cou­ple than most peo­ple re­alise. Meghan is an amaz­ing cook, so she’ll usu­ally make din­ner for them both and then they’ll curl up on the sofa in front of the TV.”

WHAT ABOUT THE WED­DING?

“The wed­ding will be ex­tremely elab­o­rate, and plan­ning started the sec­ond they got en­gaged,” we’re told. “It will take place at St Ge­orge’s Chapel in Windsor next May, which is the per­fect venue choice, as it means a lot to Harry. It’s where Prince Ge­orge was chris­tened, and it’s also where his dad Prince Charles had his wed­ding to Camilla Parker- Bowles blessed. They didn’t want to have it at West­min­ster Abbey, as it could be com­pared to Kate and Wills’ big day.”

Of­fi­cials also con­firmed that, “The royal fam­ily will pay for the wed­ding,” and the Queen will at­tend, along with the rest of Harry’s fam­ily. But, we’re in­formed, “Meghan’s guest list will be small, with only her par­ents and very clos­est friends in­vited. The cer­e­mony is go­ing to be tra­di­tional and re­li­gious, and Harry will wear his mil­i­tary uniform.”

But that doesn’t mean it won’t be any fun. “Meghan wants the wed­ding to feel like her,” our source con­tin­ues. “Her cus­tom­made wed­ding dress will be unique, but noth­ing too sexy. She wants to look like her­self, too, so she won’t go over­board with the hair and make-up.

“They haven’t picked a hon­ey­moon spot yet. They’re talk­ing about go­ing back to Botswana, be­cause it’s a spe­cial place for them, where they had their first hol­i­day, but Harry would also like to take Meghan some­where she hasn’t been be­fore.” Only the best for his “boo”

(or “babe” or “honey” – the pet names, we’re told, the cou­ple have for each other).

WHO ARE HER PALACE PALS?

Meghan might be a fu­ture princess, but she’s also the new girl in town. Luck­ily for her, there are a cou­ple of su­per-cool roy­als and celebs who are ready and will­ing to be her new BFF.

“Meghan’s still ad­just­ing to her new life,” says an in­sider. “Kate has re­ally taken Meghan un­der her wing, and it means so much. Meghan also met Pippa when she was a guest at her wed­ding in May. They have a lot in com­mon and Harry thinks they will be good friends. She got to meet Princess Eu­ge­nie briefly, too, and they had a nice chat. Harry also thinks Meghan will like Princess Beatrice, who is pretty down to earth.”

And, of course, Meghan has il­lus­tri­ous con­nec­tions of her own. Her close friends and po­ten­tial brides­maids in­clude Serena Wil­liams, Mil­lie Mackintosh, fash­ion de­signer Misha Nonoo and ac­tress Priyanka Cho­pra.

HER NEW STAR­RING ROLE

Meghan’s been praised for her hu­man­i­tar­ian work, both in her role as a World Vi­sion global ambassador and as a UN women’s ad­vo­cate. But her phil­an­thropic ef­forts went hand in hand with her job as an ac­tress. Well, that’s about to change. Dur­ing their TV in­ter­view, she con­firmed she was leav­ing the act­ing world to fo­cus on her royal life, but she in­sisted that she didn’t see it “as giv­ing any­thing up. I just see it as a change.” And, we’re told that, while Meghan has con­firmed she will no longer be work­ing with the UN or World Vi­sion, as she plans to be­gin with a “fresh slate”, she and Harry have big plans mov­ing for­ward in their bid to bet­ter the world. In fact, the pair have already un­der­taken their first public en­gage­ment as a cou­ple – vis­it­ing a World Aids Day char­ity fair. “Meghan has a gi­ant heart and her mother al­ways taught her to give back,” the in­sider tells us. “She has al­ways used her po­si­tion to make a dif­fer­ence, and now she’s go­ing to have an even big­ger plat­form. As well as con­tin­u­ing her own char­ity cam­paigns, she’s go­ing to work with Harry on his. She’s promised him she will be there for him through thick and thin. They have a pact to al­ways sup­port and love each other and make each other bet­ter peo­ple.”

BABY PLANS

Who didn’t vi­su­alise their beau­ti­ful off­spring when Harry and Meghan spoke about kids? Harry re­vealed, “Hope­fully, we will start a fam­ily in the near fu­ture.” Hear that? Near fu­ture. Sounds like baby bells to us.

Our in­sider says the cou­ple are res­o­lutely on the same page when it comes to chil­dren. “They def­i­nitely want to have a fam­ily and will most likely start try­ing for a baby straight after the wed­ding,” our source tells us. “Meghan will be 37 next year and she’d like to have two kids be­fore she turns 40. Harry has been aching for a child ever since he be­came an uncle, and he knows Meghan will be a great mum. Meghan’s mother was al­ways her rock grow­ing up.

“She wants to be just like her and be a best friend to her chil­dren. They’ll try to give them as nor­mal an up­bring­ing as pos­si­ble.”

The look of love

Top bants, yah?

Not­ting­ham Cot­tage. Nice

She’s got her hand­shake sorted. Take note, Trump

Kate and Pippa: Meg’s fu­ture BFFS

Be­ing a top hu­man­i­tar­ian

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