PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle appear to have had their wedding date confirmed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Latest news claims the churchman has been asked to give his blessing for the marriage, in a Daily Express exclusive. Are the pair engaged already?
22 Wednesday, November 2017: 14:53 pm
The most likely venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry is Westminster Abbey, according to betting Britons.
Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh there on 29 November 1947, and William and Kate married there on 29 April 2011.
Now betting website Betway claim this hallowed ground will be the most likely location for Harry and Meghan’s wedding. The second most popular place the two might marry is St Pauls, also in London, where Princess Diana and Prince Charles wed.
22 Wednesday, November 2017: 12:19 pm
So what engagement ring would Harry give to girlfriend Meghan?
There have been a number of predictions – but jewellery expert David Law believes that Prince Harry will opt for a perfect combination of royal jewellery traditions and American tastes.
He claims Meghan will get a large diamond set among other, smaller diamonds.
22 Wednesday, November 2017: 10:21 am
There have already been rumours of the sort of lifestyle Meghan plans to lead after marrying the prince.
Sources claim she has plans to go into charity work and hire an office in London to work out of.
Meghan Markle is a keen advocate for women’s rights, so perhaps she will campaign for these issues if she marries Prince Harry.
She made an impassioned speech at the UN on gender inequality in the home, back in 2015 before she met the young Prince.
22 Wednesday, November 2017: 9:44 am
There has been another clue that an engagement is imminent, and Harry is reportedly following in a grand royal tradition to do it.
Harry is said to be about to give Meghan Markle a watch that belonged to his mother, Princess Diana.
This is an age-old way to show your affection for a loved one, and Prince Philip and Prince William have both given their wives jewellery belonging to their mothers.
22 Wednesday, November 2017: 9:15 am
This is the latest in a number of signs that the Prince is planning to marry the Suits actress soon.
The Archbishop, on a three-day visit to Moscow, had no comment yesterday when asked if he had been in discussions with the Royal Household.
Within 30 seconds of one another, both his office at Lambeth Palace and Kensington Palace, where Harry lives in a bachelor pad, declined to discuss a possible wedding.
According to the report Archbishop Justin Welby has agreed to a royal wedding at Westminster Abbey or another Anglican venue in 2018.
It was not known whether Meghan would be allowed to get married there, as she has been divorced.
However, with a marriage licence from the Archbishop the ceremony has the green light.
However, there are other locations Meghan and Harry could choose for their nuptials.
Harry has been said to want a more low-key, private affair by friends, so a London wedding is unlikely.
The Sandringham Estate in Norfolk would be an obvious choice.
Harry has spent many happy occasions in his grandmother’s Sandringham home and is expected to return again this Christmas.
His brother, Prince William, lives in nearby Anmer Hall with Kate Middleton and their children.