BREAKING: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirm engagement

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged.

The fifth in line to the British throne confirmed today that he has proposed to American actress Meghan following a one year relationship – and she’s happily accepted.

In a tweet at 10am this morning the palace said: “The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.”

It’s believed that Harry would have asked his grandmother The Queen’s permission before popping the question.

Speculation about a royal engagement had been growing in recent months, after Suits star Meghan, 35, was pictured visiting Harry, 32, at Kensington Palace in London, making a public appearance with him during a polo match, and quietly closing her lifestyle blog.

Her decision to axe website The Tig had led some spectators to predict an engagement wasn’t far off, with royal commentators suggesting Meghan was slowly beginning to close off her personal life to the public in preparation for becoming a princess.

There has also been a wave of unconfirmed speculation that Meghan was introduced to Harry’s sister in law, Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge and her daughter Princess Charlotte in January, again paving the wave for an engagement.

She was rumoured to have met The Queen on Mother’s Day.

 

Meghan will not become a princess when she weds Prince Harry – which is the same for Kate, who did not become a princess when she tied the knot with Prince William in 2011.

While Kate could be considered a princess by marriage, when Kate and William married, the Queen granted them the dukedom of Cambridge, making Kate Her Royal Highness, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge,

It’s believed The Queen will grant Harry and Meghan a dukedom as well, with the hot favourite being The Dukedom of Sussex, which has been open since 1843, making Meghan, Her Royal Highness Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Harry and Meghan have never spoken publicly about their relationship or how they met, but it’s widely believed they first rubbed shoulders in Canada in 2016, while Harry, 32, was in the country to launch his Invictus Games.

Their romance was confirmed in an extraordinary and unprecedented statement released by Kensington Palace in November 2016, which criticised comments made about Meghan online and by social media trolls.

The strongly worded statement showed the world how serious Harry is about Meghan, while slamming “abuse” directed towards her, adding: “Prince Harry is worried about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.

“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will sat this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part off the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it is her life and his.”

It’s the only time Harry and Meghan’s romance has been publicly confirmed – neither has spoken about each other in interviews and they have only been pictured together on rare occasions, most recently at a polo match near Ascot, Berkshire on May 6, where Meghan was seen kissing Harry on the sidelines and cheering him on from the royal box.

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