The world held its breath at the end of last week when rumours went into overdrive with the news that the engagement between Prince Harry and US Actress and Humanitarian Meghan Markle was imminent.
Friday came and went with no engagement much to the disappointment of many.
The Sunday Express is now reporting that all the excitement was for something, as the engagement was initially planned for last Thursday.
The happy news would have come on American Thanksgiving at 11 am, but Kensington Palace got “spooked” by the speculation and postponed.
According to sources, The Sunday Express reveals that Downing Street was prepped and at the ready so Prime Minister Theresa May could send her wishes to the loved-up couple.
They also disclose that Prince Harry now has a Personal Protection Officer (PPO) with Meghan as the announcement will come any day.
Excitement went into overdrive when the London Evening Standard reported: “the BBC is primed for a royal announcement.”
Since the news emerged that Prince Harry had whisked Meghan away to Africa for a romantic holiday in August, speculation has been rife that an engagement would be imminent.
These rumours were strengthened after Meghan conducted an interview with Vanity Fair in September, where she spoke publicly for the first time about her relationship with the fifth-in-line to the throne.
The American-born actress recently departed the US TV drama, Suits, as she and her dogs are reportedly in the process of moving to London.
The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 states that up to the sixth-in-line to the throne must have The Queen’s permission. Even if Harry waited until after the Duke and Duchess’s third child to be born in April 2018, Harry would still need approval as he would only fall from fifth to sixth.
As well, when Harry does ask permission, The Queen could veto the whole idea if she feels the match would “diminish the status of the royal house.”
Then, a venue will be chosen after The Queen’s diary is consulted to make sure the wedding date doesn’t fall in a time where she has a prior commitment. They could marry at Westminster Abbey (the same church as William and Kate) as the General Synod Ruling of 2002 now allows divorced people to marry in the Church of England. Harry could take after his father, who when he married the divorced Camilla Parker-Bowles, chose the low-key Windsor Guildhall.
However, the more likely choice will be St Paul’s Cathedral, the same location his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales wed Prince Charles. A fitting way to incorporate his mother who can only be there with him in spirit.
Lastly, before the wedding, new titles will be chosen for the couple. There are a few Dukedoms free right now, but the likely choice will the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
With Prince William in Finland on the 29-30 and this news breaking, a likely guess is that Kensington Palace can’t hold off any longer and the announcement will come on Monday or Tuesday. The engagement wouldn’t want to overshadow Prince William’s trip and distract the media who have travelled with him. Although, just like everything else, this is just speculation.
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Additional reporting by Charlie Proctor