Meghan’s wheely big clue on Royal wed­ding

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

FOR­GET try­ing to spot a di­a­mond ring – see­ing Meghan Markle in a racy Volk­swa­gen Golf is the big­gest clue yet that she is well on the road to an en­gage­ment with Prince Harry.

This year the stun­ning US ac­tress has been spot­ted sev­eral times in London be­ing driven around by burly male chauf­feur in the souped-up black VW.

The last time an at­trac­tive young woman linked to a Prince was seen be­ing driven through the streets in a flash car was when a cer­tain Kate Mid­dle­ton was pic­tured in an Audi A3 before her en­gage­ment to Wil­liam in 2010.

It turned out Kate had the car as part of a deal that Audi’s par­ent com­pany VW has with the Royal Fam­ily – it of­fers mem­bers a 60 per cent lease dis­count.

Now Royal watch­ers be­lieve Meghan is ben­e­fit­ing from the same ar­range­ment and is al­ready con­sid­ered part of The Firm.

Meghan – who made her first public ap­pear­ance with Harry at the In­vic­tus Games in Canada last week­end – is spend­ing in­creas­ing amounts of time at Kens­ing­ton Palace with the Prince.

They fre­quent nearby mem­bers’ club Al­bert’s in the evenings, and dur­ing the day Meghan can of­ten be found at 76 Dean Street – a branch of Soho House – with friends. She also pops to May­fair sa­lon Nails & Brows, which is also a favourite of Princess Beatrice.

The 36-year-old ac­tress is ex­pected to re­lo­cate to London once film­ing of her le­gal drama se­ries Suits fin­ishes in Toronto in Novem­ber.

Spec­u­la­tion is rife that an en­gage­ment an­nounce­ment will be made soon af­ter­wards.

My source says the VW Golf was likely to have been cho­sen over a larger car – such as a Land Rover – for its agility when zip­ping through clogged streets.

Meghan has been spot­ted on sev­eral oc­ca­sions in the Golf, which does not have blacked-out win­dows. She sits next to the driver rather than in the back.

Kens­ing­ton Palace would not say who pays for the car, but it is likely Harry is bankrolling the ar­range­ment pri­vately. If an en­gage­ment is an­nounced, Meghan will get tax­payer-funded se­cu­rity of­fi­cers and driv­ers.

In Toronto, NBC Uni­ver­sal pro­vides chauf­feur-driven cars for her in­be­tween film­ing scenes for Suits. She has also starred in an Amer­ica tele­vi­sion ad­vert driv­ing a lux­ury Lexus RX.

A Kens­ing­ton Palace spokesman de­clined to com­ment and Meghan’s pub­li­cist said there is no car on ‘standby’.

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