The Palace is primed, the na­tion awaits . . . so do hurry up, Harry!

The wait­ing’s nearly over with courtiers set for an an­nounce­ment as early as Tues­day – over to you, Harry...

The Mail on Sunday - - Front Page - By Sarah Oliver

PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle are set to bring months of fevered spec­u­la­tion to an end by an­nounc­ing their en­gage­ment this week, Royal sources have in­di­cated.

The cou­ple’s plans ap­pear to have been fi­nalised at a se­ries of last­minute meet­ings be­tween se­nior courtiers at Kens­ing­ton Palace. An of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment is ex­pected in the next few days, with Tues­day thought to be the most likely date.

This is the same day of the week that Harry’s brother, the Duke of Cam­bridge, and his fa­ther, the Prince of Wales, chose to share their en­gage­ment news with the na­tion. Down­ing Street has re­fused to com­ment but a Cab­i­net meet­ing is, as usual, sched­uled for that day – pro­vid­ing Theresa May with the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to in­form her Min­is­ters.

De­tails of the cer­e­mony, the date and the venue would fol­low swiftly – along with huge spec­u­la­tion about the guest list for what is set to be the wed­ding of 2018.

Royal in­sid­ers say there has been a grow­ing sense of ur­gency in Palace cor­ri­dors since Amer­i­can ac­tress Meghan, 36, and 33-year-old Harry ap­peared to­gether at the In­vic­tus Games in Toronto in Septem­ber.

In the two months which fol­lowed, there have been mul­ti­ple hints that the cou­ple are set to for­malise their 18-month transat­lantic re­la­tion­ship.

Her role in US TV drama Suits has now come to an end, and her apart­ment in Toronto is stand­ing empty. Last week, Meghan ar­rived in Lon­don and was spot­ted look­ing re­laxed dur­ing a shop­ping trip. Her beloved dogs, Bog­art and Guy, are un­der­stood to be in quar­an­tine in Lon­don.

In the past few days, a se­nior of­fi­cial from Buck­ing­ham Palace has been seen at Kens­ing­ton Palace, in a breach of nor­mal pro­to­col.

Over the sum­mer, it be­came clear Meghan’s le­gal af­fairs were be­ing looked af­ter by Royal so­lic­i­tor Har­bot­tle & Lewis, while planned build­ing works at Kens­ing­ton Palace raised the pos­si­bil­ity of a new home in one of the apart­ments. At present, Prince Harry lives in Not­ting­ham Cot­tage in the Palace grounds.

It has also been sug­gested the cou­ple are hunt­ing for a coun­try re­treat in ei­ther Nor­folk, close to the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge’s home An­mer Hall, or in the West Coun­try.

This year Meghan has spent time with Kate and Wil­liam, met the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Corn­wall, and been in­tro­duced to the Queen who must give the mar­riage her bless­ing. In terms of Royal pro­to­col, it is un­likely that all of these things would have hap­pened if Meghan was not set to marry into the House of Wind­sor.

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