For about a year now, the world has been wondering when Prince Harry will pop the question to Meghan Markle.
Naturally, there were engagement rumors during Harry’s previous longterm relationships with Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas, but they were never quite this persistent.
And while there’s been no official announcement thus far, Harry and Meghan keep giving subtle indications that an engagement is on the way.
In fact, there are many who believe it’s already happened, and the royal couple is simply keeping the news to themselves for the time being.
Back in August, Harry and Meghan traveled to Africa as part of a celebration for her 36th birthday.
Many thought that Meghan would return from the trip with some new bling to flaunt, but alas, she arrived back London ring-less.
Last week, Harry and Meghan headed to Toronto for the Invictus games, and again, Royal watchers were convinced Harry would seize the opportunity to propose.
After all Toronto is Meghan’s adopted hometown, and several members of her family live there.
It seemed like a safe assumption that Harry would take advantage of the setting to ask Meghan to be his wife.
It doesn’t seem like it played out that way, but those who know the couple best say Meghan is not concerned.
“Toronto was an amazing experience for Harry,” a source close to Harry tells E! News.
“Everything to do with Invictus went according to plan and without hiccups. An uplifting and positive week spent doing what he loves most surrounded by good friends and the most important woman in his life.”
The insider adds that Harry spent a great deal of time with Meghan’s mother while they were in Ontario:
“This week wasn’t the first time that Harry met Doria,” says the tipster.
“They actually met late last year so they’re very close now. Doria sees Harry as one of the family and he sees her like family too. Harry is has become close with all of Meghan’s closest friends … these are people who have welcomed him with warm and open arms and he’s really felt the love and protection.”
The source says that while Harry has yet to get down on one knee, the engagement is basically a done deal:
“While Meghan may not be wearing a ring or a formal engagement announced, it’s fair to say they’re as good as engaged now,” the insider claims.
“They’ve spoken about their marriage plans openly with each other and friends and family around them are pretty much thinking about wedding attire already.”
A different informant takes things a step further, telling Us Weekly:
“I think it’s already happened but they’re holding the news back until she has finished on Suits.”
“I’ve never seen them happier. It’s amazing,” the source adds.
Of course, as many who have waited on a concrete sign of commitment from a reluctant partner can attest, “as good as engaged” isn’t engaged.
If only there were someone who could offer Meghan advice on how to wait out a royal proposal with dignity. Hmmm…
Just joshin’ with ya, Kate!