Anatomy of a royal engagement: what are Harry and Meghan's next steps?

Emmett Rice
October 20, 2017

The informal meeting lasted about an hour, with Markle and Prince Harry arriving in a auto with blacked-out windows. Last Thursday a blacked-out Ford Galaxy was seen to be driving through the gates of the Queen's private entrance of the Palace at around 5pm.

Meghan was spotted back in Toronto following a brief stint in the United Kingdom, where she was said to have met her boyfriend's grandmother, The Queen, over tea at Buckingham Palace. They were then "whisked up to the Queen's private sitting room" for the hour-long meeting, Kay reported.

Meghan needn't have anxious about the meeting, with Prince Charles already giving his royal seal approval, reportedly telling friends he was "very impressed" with the actress.

Friends now say it is only a matter of time before the couple tie the knot.

The teatime meeting, where insiders say the Queen normally enjoys a selection of sandwiches, fruit and scones, reportedly lasted almost an hour. To royal-watchers, it can only mean one thing: an imminent engagement announcement. This is because there are several important dates in the calendar that can't clash with a royal wedding.

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The high-profile pair are expected to announce their engagement next month.

Hear more on Prince Harry's relationship with Markle in the video below.

The meeting comes just weeks after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were photographed together in Toronto, where he was attending the Invictus Games. According to one source in the know, the months of June and July have been earmarked for Harry and Meghan to Wednesday, which gives us plenty of time to source our outfits.

"Nowadays, we may not be not putting on our white gloves, heavy corsets to sip some tea at 4 p.m., but the tradition (with some minor modern improvements) still remains very relevant - especially when the late afternoon lethargy sinks in", she wrote.

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