Prince Harry’s In No Hurry To Propose To Meghan Markle And Kate Disapproves
Prince Harry and Kate Middleton have had there ups and downs, as all family members do, but until recently Kate has kept quiet and avoided meddling in his business. Kate let slip earlier this year that she disproved of Harry’s “lack of commitment” and even more recently confessed that she “wanted out” of the families drama. It seems Price Harry’s decision to hold off on marriage has struck a nerve.
It’s become almost conventional wisdom in the British press that Prince Harry’s relationship with American TV actress Meghan Markle has become serious and advanced to the point that the popular younger brother of Prince William is getting ready to propose — as early as this summer.
But hold on. There’s a curious statement in that now famous soul-baring Newsweek interview (the one in which Harry violated the norms of royal decorums by asserting that no member of the royal family would want to be king or queen). And this statement strongly suggests that Harry, 32, is in no hurry to marry Meghan, 35, or that if he did propose, it wouldn’t happen until the end of the year.
In the words of Vanity Fair writers Josh Duboff and Julie Miller, speaking on their weekly “In the Limelight” podcast, Harry’s Newsweek interview published last week is “the gift that keeps giving.” Yes, there is so much to unpack and a royally obsessed graduate student would have a lot to deconstruct for a master’s thesis.
In any case, one of the gifts that has emerged is a statement regarding the status of Harry’s relationship with Meghan, who stars in the USA legal drama “Suits,” currently airing its seventh season.
The statement doesn’t come from Harry himself who, it seems, wasn’t asked anything about his relationship with the Los Angeles-born actress.
Rather, the statement comes from “one person close to the prince” who says that Harry is not rushing to “get things done,” which the article says is “royal-speak for proposing.”
“They obviously get on very well and have a lot in common, but they have not known each other that long,” this source said. “They need to find out if they can have an ordinary relationship within a very unusual setting. I don’t think anything will happen until the end of the year.”
Duboff and Miller put a lot of weight into this statement, more so than they would give weight to the ubiquitous “inside sources” often quoted in the British tabloids. That’s because Harry and Kensington Palace obviously cooperated extensively with the interview, with writer Angela Levin asserting that Newsweek was given generous access to follow the prince as he went about his royal duties for the better part of a year.
Levin was also invited to speak one-on-one with him at Kensington Palace, where he lives in a two-bedroom cottage, while his brother and his wife, Kate, have a 22-room apartment in the palace.
It’s highly likely that this generous access included interviews with people close to the prince and sanctioned to speak anonymously on his behalf. Duboff said that this statement reads like the “official” word from both the palace and Harry on his relationship with Meghan.
But did Meghan know that this is where things stand with Harry?
Back in April, Meghan shut down her beloved lifestyle website, The Tig. Many saw Meghan’s move as a sign that she was gearing up for her next phase in life, a membership in the royal family wherein a website offering tips on cooking, travel and anything generically uplifting or life-affirming might not be appropriate.
Meghan’s decision came as talk was heating up about an impending engagement. That talk went into overdrive after Meghan attended two weddings with Harry, including the high-society May wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister Pippa Middleton.
“They will be engaged by the end of summer,” a friend of Harry’s told Us Weekly in the spring. “[They] have spoken candidly about their future. They see a life together.”
Given that Meghan shut down Tig, as well as her Instagram account, Duboff and Miller wondered whether Meghan was disappointed to learn, via this Newsweek interview, that Harry’s not in a rush to propose.
“Meghan is not going to be thrilled about this,” Duboff said. They also wondered whether Meghan was even informed of where things stand with Harry before the Newsweek piece came out. Miller asks: “Can you imagine if you were dating anyone and you had to find out through Newsweek where you stand relationship-wise?”
Of course, if Meghan gets angry at Harry, he can just say, “I had no control over that. I don’t know who that source was,” Duboff noted.
Then again, maybe Meghan’s relieved to get some clarity, Duboff said. And maybe “Meghan is thrilled with current situation and in no rush to be engaged,” he said.