(SL) – The news most were expecting has finally been announced. Prince Harry has found his Princess in Meghan Markle.
The story broke early Monday morning to nobody’s surprise outside of the naysayers. Some were skeptical because Markle is a divorcee and the world knows how strict the rules can be within the Royal Family but it appears the Queen of England is delighted to welcome Meghan to the family.
The hints have been apparent lately following pictures of Harry talking to Meghan’s mother, Doria Radlan, a yoga instructor and social worker who works for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in California at the Invictus games.
Doria divorced Meghan’s father Thomas (Hollywood Cameraman and Lighting Director) when she was six. A couple of months ago there was speculation that Markle had met Queen Elizabeth which was even more telling of the status of their relationship.
But the engagement appeared to be imminent when Markle quit her role on the TV series ‘Suits’ and closed down her blog The Tig and ended her partnership with Canadian retailer Reitmans.
However, once she was spotted in London a day after wrapping the latest season of Suits, royal watchers had a pretty good idea. The question was no longer if…but when.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in 2016 through mutual friends at an exclusive members only club. Some say it was Fashion designer Misha Nonoo, who dated Alexander Gilkes (went to Eton with Prince William and Prince Harry) who introduced Meghan to Harry. Gilkes was a guest at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton back in 2011, and his younger brother Charlie dated Pippa Middleton for years.
Others say it was Prince Harry’s and Meghan’s mutual friend Markus Anderson who introduced the couple. Either way, Meghan was in London June of 2016 with Misha where she posted pictures of Buckingham Palace on Instagram and was photographed sitting in the Royal Box at Wimbledon during that time.
Reportedly, Meghan started dating the sixth-in-line to the throne in July following this visit to London and after a 15-month courtship the two are getting married.
Speculation has them tying the knot in the Spring with a small ceremony. But I don’t think there could be such a thing as a small Royal wedding.
Markel comes from a working class family and has worked many jobs to support herself before her acting career took off. The six royal family members in line to the throne have to receive approval from the Queen if they want to marry. It’s reported that in respectful tradition, he asked her parents for her hand in marriage as well.
Congrats to these two!