She's set to marry the world's most eligible royal bachelor, but it seems Meghan Markle has even bigger dreams in her sights.
The Hollywood star has finally told close friends and family of her dream to become queen one day, revealing her hope to take charge of the royal family after she and Prince Harry, 33, walk down the aisle.
Meghan , 36, has said that she thinks it's 'destiny' she met and fell in love with Harry, and she can see them taking charge of the throne one day.
'Meghan's always been ambitious, even more so since she started dating Harry,' says a source. 'She loves being in the public eye and having the power to help people and really make a difference to many lives which is why she's relishing the opportunity to have an official role in the royal family.
'She thinks it's destiny that her and Harry even met - they're from opposite sides of the globe - and she thinks it's all part of her path to be the most important woman in the world.'
'She has absolutely no fear of being in the public eye and actually really relishes it - it's one of the things that Harry loves about her, how excited she is to embrace royal life.
'Meghan's always seen big things for herself - she really thinks she can, and should be queen one day.'
News of Meghan's big dreams comes as respected royal watchers and commentators agree that the Suits star is a new brand of royalty for the family, and will bring different energy to the palace.
'You haven't seen anyone like this since Diana,' royal author Katie Nicholl told Grazia. 'She's clearly very self-assured, fearless even. In that respect, she is really a breath of fresh air. She's not a blank canvas on to which royals can project an image, but already has a clear idea of who she is and what she wants to achieve.'
She adds that royal fans are now eagerly awaiting another royal wedding and notes that 'it feels like [Harry has] met the right woman at the right time in his life.'
But while Duchess Kate seamlessly stepped into her role as a royal and injected some much-needed glamour into the monarchy, commentators predict that Meghan is set to build on Kate's hard work and kick things up a notch.
'While the Duchess has shored up the House of Windsor with much-needed stability, love and a sense of duty, Markle's work ethic, diversity and self-determination could take it even further,' writes columnist Angela Mollard.
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