No, it’s not Princess Meghan…
Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship went public in November, the world has been following their every move, watching the couple get increasingly serious and pass a lot of relationship milestones.
Reports emerged recently that the couple are planning on moving in together, with Meghan supposedly set to move into an apartment in Kensington Palace after she wraps up filming Suits this summer.
While moving in together is definitely a step in the right direction, what people really want to know is when we will hear news of a royal proposal. According to a friend of the couple, we shouldn’t have too long to wait, announcing to Us Weekly that ‘they will be engaged by the end of the summer’. She’s met the Queen already so provided she has her blessing, nothing is standing in their way.
The question on everyone’s lips now is what Meghan’s official title will be if they do tie the knot.
The title ‘Princess Meghan’ is off the table, as like Kate, Meghan wasn’t born into the Royal Family. She will instead take on a rank based on Harry’s official title.
With the vacant ranks of Duke of Sussex, Duke of Clarence and Duke of Buckingham, Prince Harry will most probably assume one of the roles, and if he does, Meghan should become Duchess – most probably of Sussex.
If however Harry keeps his title as His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, Meghan will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.
In terms of engagement rings, Princess Diana’s 12-carat Ceylon sapphire and solitaire diamond ring is obviously off the cards, but apparently Prince Harry has his own way of paying tribute to his mother. He is reportedly set to turn Princess Diana’s famous emerald tiara into a sentimental engagement ring for Meghan.
‘Diana’s jewellery collection was left in trust for the boys and Meghan apparently loves emeralds’ a source reportedly told the Daily Star. ‘For Harry, like Wills before him, using his mother’s gems means the two loves of his life will forever by linked.’
The source continued: ‘After Diana died, the boys both chose a keepsake from Kensington Palace when they moved to Charles’ rooms in St James’s Palace. Prince William picked his mum’s Cartier watch, and Harry picked her sapphire and diamond engagement ring. But they had an agreement that whoever got engaged first would have Diana’s ring – and of course that was William and Kate. Harry wants the same sentiment when he proposes to Meghan, so he is working with the jewellers to design something incredible.’
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