The Queen Reportedly Grants Prince Harry Permission to Wed Meghan Markle

Looks like there may be another royal wedding very soon, with Prince Harry reportedly receiving permission from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, to wed his girlfriend, Meghan Markle.

According to The Mirror, a palace insider told Star magazine, “The way it’s going, the engagement will probably happen this year. Harry has got approval from the Queen to propose to Meghan, he’s already had those conversations with Her Majesty. An engagement is imminent.”

This news comes just a few days after it was revealed that the 32-year-old royal could marry his 35-year-old American actress girlfriend in Westminster Abbey (the same church his brother, Prince William, married Kate Middleton and his father, Prince Charles, married Princess Diana), even though she is a divorcee.

“The Abbey follows the General Synod Ruling of 2002. Since then it has been possible for divorced people to be married in the Church of England,” a spokesman for Westminster Abbey told the Daily Express. He also confirmed Markle’s Jewish background (from her father’s side) would not prevent her from having an “interfaith” marriage there.

The royal and the Suits actress started dating last year after meeting at the official countdown to the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto. The relationship was confirmed in November 2016, when Prince Harry released a statement defending Markle and condemning the press’s treatment of his girlfriend.

The pair recently made their first public appearance at the annual Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park Polo Club in Ascot, England, sharing a smooch post-match, and are expected to attend Pippa Middleton’s wedding to financier James Matthews together on May 20.

So will the proposal happen around Pippa’s big day? Most likely not. According to the Daily Express, Harry and Meghan may get engaged on her 36th birthday on August 4, so they will “officially” be an item when the royal hosts the Invictus Games in Toronto this September.

We can hear the royal wedding bells ringing already!