Prince Harry has reportedly introduced his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, to his grandmother The Queen at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
A source told US Weekly that the meeting went well, saying: “It’ll no doubt be the first of many encounters.
By Charlie Proctor, Royal Central’s Editor-in-Chief
How many times have we now read the headline ‘Meghan Markle meets The Queen’?
The answer is countless times! The story seems to reappear every other week, coincidentally when there is little else to report.
However, the comments made by Ingrid Seward, one of the world’s most trusted royal biographers, means that this story now gains some traction.
I also think it is incredibly likely that The Queen has met Meghan Markle. The chances of a meeting not taking place by this point are remote.
That being said, we do not know if they met recently, or a few months ago. In fact, we don’t actually know whether they have met at all!
You could call this a non-story.
“She fits perfectly into the family. The difference in backgrounds means absolutely nothing.”
Although US Weekly is a tabloid magazine and the content should be consumed with a pinch of salt, the rumours have caught the attention of mainstream media following comments made by the UK’s leading royal expert.
Ingrid Seward, royal biographer and Editor-in-Chief of Majesty Magazine, says that Prince Harry introduced Meghan to The 91-year-old Queen shortly after they returned from their holiday to Africa.
According to the Daily Express, she said: “I’m 98 per cent sure [they have met]”
But she stressed: “I can’t be 100 per cent because I didn’t actually see them.”
Kensington Palace has refused to comment on the story.
The Duchess of Cambridge was not introduced to The Queen until she and Prince William had been in a relationship for five years. This means rumours of an imminent engagement are rife.
It is a well established constitutional convention that the first six heirs to the throne must have The Queen’s permission to get married. Prince Harry, who is currently fifth-in-line, will need Her Majesty’s permission if he wishes to marry.
This will be the case until (and if) the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a fourth child when he will become seventh-in-line to the throne and will no longer have to ask the Monarch for permission.
The 36-year-old American actress spoke last week for the first time publicly about her love for Prince Harry.
Miss Markle, who is best known for her role in US drama Suits said: “Personally, I love a great love story.”
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Prince Harry’s girlfriend said that they are currently enjoying spending “special” time together.
She said: “We’re two people who are really happy and in love.”
The 36-year-old also admitted that her relationship and the public scrutiny “has its challenges” and “comes in waves” adding that “some days it can feel more challenging than others”.