It’s full steam ahead for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. After going public at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, close friends of the pair have revealed we’re moments away from an official royal engagement announcement. “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,” a pal recently told E! News. “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!”
Breaking down royal barriers, Harry left his official seat and joined Meghan, her mother Doria Ragland, their friends Jessica Mulroney and the man who is believed to have set the couple up Markus Anderson, to watch the closing ceremony of his beloved Invictus Games. It was clear the prince was completely at ease with the woman who will become his mother-in-law.
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“This week wasn’t the first time that Harry met Doria,” the same insider shared to E!. “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.” They added of their close bond, “Harry has become close with all of Meghan’s closest friends — Markus, the Mulroneys, these are people who have welcomed him with warm and open arms and he’s really felt the love and protection.” Meghan’s insular circle were vital in keeping the exciting romance under wraps, with the family friend sharing, “When Meghan and Harry first began dating everyone did their best to help keep it a secret. The people Harry is surrounding himself with have already earned their trust.”
Apparently during this Toronto trip, Harry, Meghan, and Doria all went to Jessica and her husband, Canadian TV host Ben Mulroney’s home for a dinner — a regular occurrence when Harry is in town. “With Ben and Jessica they all became friends very early on,” the friend revealed. “When Harry first started going to Toronto to visit Meghan, it was Ben and Jessica who had them over at their house for dinners because it wasn’t easy for them to go out in public without the risk of getting spotted.”
Adding, “Harry’s become close with their children Brian, John, and Ivy. Ivy especially is a big fan. She, of course, has no idea that he’s a prince though — he’s just auntie Meghan’s special friend Harry, who sometimes comes over with fun presents!” Meghan and Harry finally taking their love public couldn’t have gone any smoother. “Toronto was an amazing experience for Harry,” the royal’s friend remarked. “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.”
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This post was written by Chloe Lal. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.