The Sun and Daily Mirror are both reporting today that the bookies have suspended all betting on a royal engagement between the couple as it is so certain to happen. The sudden move by the bookmakers to stop people placing bets on Harry and Meghan's happy news has led many to say that an engagement announcement could be now be as soon as next week. So, do they know something we don't?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been dating for around 18 months now, and since their first official appearance together at Invictus Toronto (and Meghan’s very revealing interview with Vanity Fair) royal watchers have been convinced that news of an engagement is a case of 'when' and not 'if'. These are the signals and signs that are prompting many to believe Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will announce their engagement very very soon…
Meghan Markle's move to LondonAfter finishing filming hit American TV series Suits in Toronto in early November, Meghan reportedly packed up her flat and flew straight to London, where she had made preparations to move in with Prince Harry to Kensington Palace.
E! News reported that movers were seen at Meghan's house in Toronto earlier this week packing things up, and then Meghan herself was papped shopping in London just a few days ago.
More than just a flying visit this time, there are also reports that Meghan has applied for 'visas' for her two beloved dogs to be moved to the UK too.
If Meghan's making a home with Prince Harry at Kensington Palace, then the next step in their relationship would naturally be a proposal. How exciting!
Meghan's mum approves – and apparently so does the Queen!Meghan Markle has reportedly met the Queen at a private tea party – considered to be a HUGE step for anyone dating a member of the royal family. Prince Harry would have been keen to get his grandmother’s approval before popping the question, and if Meghan really is about to become a member of the royal family by marriage, we're sure the Queen would have been keen to meet Meghan too.
The Daily Mail has also reported in the past that Prince Harry's father Prince Charles has given his seal of approval to his son, as he was 'very impressed' when he met Meghan.
Prince Harry was also papped getting on well with Meghan Markle’s mother Doria at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto earlier this year.
With the couple’s families firmly behind them, and engagement looks more likely than ever.
Their public declarations of loveFrom Meghan Markle's surprise Vanity Fair interview, where she declared she and Harry were 'in love' and 'happy', to the couple’s cosy display in Toronto this summer, for a once very private couple, Harry and Meghan have made sure the world knows about their adoration for each other recently.
After Meghan's candid interview with Vanity Fair about her relationship with Prince Harry, royal experts said an engagement announcement was a case of 'when not if'.
The photo-ready facialAfter Kate Middleton and Prince William got engaged, the couple waited almost a month before the publicly announced their happy news. This was presumably so that they could celebrate with friends and family privately, and so that Kate could be prepped and prepared for the flurry of attention that would follow their announcement.
Royal watchers believe a similar care will be taken for Meghan, as the Palace and the actress herself prepares to step into an intense spotlight of the world's attention.
Meghan was snapped leaving the Sarah Chapman spa in Chelsea earlier this week. The celebrity facialist is famous for helping stars such as Victoria Beckham maintain a healthy glow and clear complexion.
Her trip to the spa left many wondering is Meghan was prepping for a very high-profile photocall – the sort the Palace organize to announce important engagements.
'What if she just had a very light, non-invasive, just add a bit of glow type of facial - especially designed for the day before a photocall?' one royal watcher tweeted.
Although one royal photographer pointed out that the facial could have been to rejuvenate Meghan's skin after the flight over to the UK from Canada.
'Let's not get carried away…Just because Meghan is in London and has had a facial, it does not necessarily follow that there will be an engagement photocall [this week]. It really could just be a post flight cleanse!' said James Whatling.
A royal Christmas?If there is no engagement announcement before the festive season, the royal family's Christmas celebrations this year could be the most telling sign yet that an engagement is imminent.
It is rare for a partner to join the royal family for their festive celebrations unless they are married or at least engaged, so if Meghan is seen joing the Queen and extended family at Sandringham on Christmas Day, royal watchers will say a proposal is imminent. Watch this space!