Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce engagement at Buckingham Palace in family meeting before telling the world. PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle are betrothed, according to reports. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement in a private meeting with the Royal household on Friday (14 November 2017), according to reports.
Family members and palace staff reportedly gathered at Buckingham, with the Queen in attendance, as the flame-haired Prince and his actress girlfriend delivered the news that the world has been waiting to hear.
An unverified source told the Daily Star Online: “They are engaged but they are trying to sort a few things out now, like house hunting for a retreat and other things.” The e couple’s meeting apparently took place this afternoon and the type of ceremony they will have was discussed, with it being decided that they will buck royal procedure and marry in a “non-traditional wedding”.
The source added: “It was unbelievable as we have never had two big meetings in one day”. It was also reported that the Queen gave the pair there blessing to announce it when they are ready.
Meghan Markle spotted shopping on London’s King’s Road. The Suits actress arrived in the capital over the weekend.
Meghan Markle flew to the UK over the weekend, and the Suits actress has wasted no time in hitting the shops. The 36-year-old was pictured shopping on London’s King’s Road on Tuesday, looking stylish in a black jumper teamed with skinny jeans and a dove grey jacket. Prince Harry’s girlfriend accessorized her look with an oversized scarf and a pair of statement shades. Meghan – who has now wrapped up filming on Suits – reportedly arrived in England on Saturday, with a source telling HELLO! That she was spotted flying into London from Toronto. Meghan – who began dating Harry in October 2016, has been travelling to London whenever possible since the start of their relationship.
Although in London, Meghan was omitted from the Queen and Prince Philip’s platinum wedding anniversary celebrations at Windsor Castle on Monday night. Meghan, along with Princess Eugenie’s boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, were not among the 100 guests invited to the event. Prince Harry was photographed attending with his brother, Prince William, and sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge. Meghan’s absence is likely to be because of the ‘no ring, no bring’ rule; since neither Harry nor Eugenie are engaged, their significant others are not allowed to attend a family event. One notable exception to this rule came in 2002 when the Queen invited Prince Charles’ now wife, Camilla, to her post-jubilee party.
Harry and Meghan have only been seen in public a number of times since the start of their relationship, and made their first official appearance together in September. The pair were pictured side-by-side at the Invictus Games, breaking royal protocol by holding hands as they arrived to watch the wheelchair tennis at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. Meghan’s appearance at the Opening Ceremony was believed to be a further sign that an engagement is in the cards, and the loved-up pair are expected to make an announcement before the year ends.
Prince William, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry SECRET VISIT
Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry all carried out secret engagements on Tuesday, although none of their official duties were revealed in advance. The royal trio had separate events to attend to; William carried out an investiture, his wife Kate met with psychiatric experts while Harry attended a Walking with the wounded reception in London. This is not the first time the royals have flown under the radar, of late.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attended a special dinner last Thursday in honor of their Royal Foundation. The event, which was not announced by the palace, took place at Sunbeam Studios in west London, a quick 15-minute drive from the royals’ Kensington Palace home. Details were kept strictly under wraps, although a guest shared a photo of her invitation on Instagram.
“The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry request the pleasure of your company at The Royal Foundation Dinner,” the invite read. An accompanying letter showed instructions of how to get to the venue, asking guests to be there for 6:45pm, ahead of William, Kate and Harry’s arrival. The letter added: “Please note that photography and mobile telephones are strictly prohibited and we ask all our guests to switch off their telephones upon arrival. There will be a professional photographer in attendance.” The dinner, which had a lounge suit and cocktail dress code, ended at approximately 10:15pm.
At the start of November, Kate also hosted a private meeting at Kensington Palace. The round table discussion, which was not announced beforehand, focused on maternal mental health. Kensington Palace shared a photo of a smiling Kate on Twitter, showing the pregnant mother-of-two in discussion with some 12 guests. The palace said: “The Duchess is keen to develop an understanding of the issues surrounding maternal mental health, and to learn what support is available.”
Prince Harry’s beard defended by fans after he’s accused of ‘letting Queen down’ Read. Fans of Prince Harry have defended him today after he was criticized for not being clean shaven at a Remembrance Sunday service. Servicemen were shocked to see Prince Harry in full uniform and sporting a beard at the Cenotaph as the British Army forbids all facial hair.
Prince Harry left military service two years ago to concentrate on official duties and charity work but when wearing the Blues and Royals officer uniform he is expected to abide by regulations. One serving member of the cavalry regiment said: ‘Prince Harry is letting us all down. There’s no place for beards in the Queen’s cavalry. He should have shaved it off for such an important day.’ Prince William, Prince Andrew and the Prince Charles all were clean shaven for the service, which is seen as one of the most important dates in the Royal diary.
The British Army is one of the last bastions in society which has refused to relent on its anti-facial hair stance in the face of the beard’s unlikely comeback in the last five years. Only if a soldier or officer has a skin complaint or are a practising Sikh can they have a beard. However, fans of Prince Harry soon took to social media to defend him against criticism.
Many cited his charity work and his successful launch of the Invictus Games for wounded military personnel. Mark Abrahams tweeted: ‘Prince Harry didn’t shave his beard for the Cenotaph ceremony today. Let’s face it, it’s hardly the worse thing he’s done. We have bigger problems in the world.’ And the question of whether Prince Harry had let down the nation, the military or himself was even debated by people in other countries.
The Blues and Royals is one of the most prestigious regiments in the military, the Queen is Colonel-in-chief, and it can trace back its history to the days of Oliver Cromwell’s 17th Century New Model Army. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence told MailOnline: ‘On background I can confirm that Prince Harry is no longer a serving officer and therefore does not have to comply with any of these regulations. ‘He is, however, a member of the Royal Family and at times his duties require him to don the uniform of a tied or associated regiment and does so with a beard, as did his great-great-grandfather before him.’
It is not the first time the Prince’s ginger facial follicles have hit the headlines, only last month he was voted as having the world’s sexiest beard. A survey of 1,000 people by Manchester’s hair transplant center Crown Clinic placed the Prince above Hollywood stars Ryan Gosling and Idris Elba.