It’s been just over a year since the world started obsessing over Prince Harry and his (kind of) Canadian sweetheart Meghan Markle. Since then, we have learned that the pair are totally in love, recently had tea with Her Majesty, and are indeed engaged.
Here, we unpack all of the reasons why Markle’s future princess status was inevitable.
She made the move
Practically speaking, a royal wedding means one person relocating to the other side of the pond, and it probably wasn’t going to be the prince. News that Markle has quit her Toronto-based gig on Suits and vacated her apartment suggested that her latest trip to London was of a more permanent nature. Add to that the latest rumours that the royal couple were house hunting in the mega-trendy Cotswolds area, currently home to the Beckhams, Kate Moss and former PM David Cameron.
She met the Queen
Royal protocol dictates that Her Majesty must approve the prospective spouses of any of the first six people in the line of succession to the throne, meaning last month’s tea at Buckingham Palace — was about a lot more than getting to know Granny. It wasn’t so long ago that MM’s divorced status would have been a major roadblock, as loyal viewers of The Crown are well aware. These days though, the d-word is not a deal-breaker (thanks Camilla!).
The BBC was on standby
An unnamed insider told the London Evening Standard that the BBC has been “primed” for a royal announcement, meaning a lot of royal reporters were cancelling their weekend plans before the engagement was even announced.
The bookies called
On Thursday, the English betting website Ladbrokes shut down betting on any aspect of a Harry-Meghan marriage.
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The venue may be booked
Per the royal calendar, Windsor Castle (which is generally open for public viewings) will be closed on April 20 of next year. Responding to a request from the Daily Mail, royal reps said they had no comment on private events.
You can Google it
The all-knowing, all-seeing tech company was so confident in a royal wedding that they had already been id’ing Princess Kate as Markle’s “Sister In Law” in their search function.