Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sent engagement rumors into overdrive this week with their first public outing together at the Invictus Games. After over a year of dating, the couple finally showed some public displays of affection, but does it mean an official engagement announcement is coming soon?
The Suits actress and the Prince held hands as they walked to the wheelchair tennis event at the international Paralympic-style games. Wearing a white blouse, jeans, and sunglasses, Markle looked happier than ever as she grinned and laughed with her royal boyfriend.
Public displays of affection are a huge deal in the Royal world, especially for an unmarried couple, and it could mean some big news is on the way. Myka Meier, director of Beaumont Etiquette and a Royal expert, believes it’s just a matter of time.
“I believe an engagement is eminent,” Meier told People. “I think to show PDA at such a highly publicized public event would be a very conscious decision by Prince Harry and shows the seriousness of the relationship. Meghan would very much have taken his lead under the circumstances.”
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Even though there is no “formal protocol” when it comes to PDA, it is very rare to see it in the royal family, especially when you are not married. However, even having a ring on your finger isn’t a license for showing your love to the world.
Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are very guarded when it comes to their relationship. They are rarely seen holding hands, resorting only to the occasional hug in front of media and fans.
We can also look to William and Kate when it comes to announcing an engagement. If Harry and Markle do intend to wed, no one will know for sure until the palace makes it official. The announcement will come in the morning and be followed by a photo call and an interview. Until then, any talk of wedding plans is purely speculation.
It’s true ❤️❤️❤️ – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally pictured together. pic.twitter.com/61AqXBwHAe
— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) September 25, 2017
With Markle proclaiming that the two are in love in her recent Vanity Fair interview and the statement made with the PDA at the Invictus Games, Royal watchers are more confident than ever that a wedding is in the near future.
The question is, has the red-headed Prince already proposed? The two did go on vacation to Africa last month for Markle’s 36th birthday, and many believe Harry asked Meghan Markle during their holiday. However, fans will have to wait to hear from the palace to know for sure.