It's official: Prince Harry’s love Meghan Markle has just met the Queen – adding fuel to expectations of a looming major announcement for the loved up pair.
In a formal introduction at Buckingham Palace, Harry took actress Meghan for tea with the Monarch, which extended into a full hour.
‘I am told it happened on Thursday last week and inevitably it has set tongues wagging at the prospect of a royal engagement,’ says Daily Mail columnist Richard Kay.
The pair, who have been seeing each other for 18 months after reportedly first meeting at the Invictus Games in Florida, enjoyed the get together in the Queen’s private sitting room.
The notoriously grumpy Prince Philip was not there – no doubt helping to relieve any nerves that must have accompanied such an important meeting.
‘I understand the Queen spent almost an hour with her grandson and the Los Angeles-born Meghan, who stars in the US legal drama Suits,’ says Kay.
The meeting follows Harry first broaching the subject of the get together with Her Majesty earlier this year at Balmoral.
Meghan needn’t have worried about the meeting, with Prince Charles already giving his royal seal approval, reportedly telling friends he was ‘very impressed’ with the actress.