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Wed, 25 Oct, 2017Ben Squires

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's next big step

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's next big step

Royal family experts have predicted a huge announcement from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the coming days, as the couple look to take the next big step.

Engagement rumours have gone into overdrive in recent days after confirming that Markle wouldn’t be signing on for another series of suits, with many royal pundits suggesting the actress is looking move in with Prince Harry sooner rather than later.  

Royal expert Katie Nicholl cites unnamed sources which have confirmed that Markle has plans and was “likely to be moving to London as soon as November”.

“She’s not signing up for another series of Suits. She’s planning to leave Canada and make London her new, permanent home,” Nicholl told ET Online.

Focus has now turned to where the couple will live. Harry currently resides at Nottingham Cottage, a small three-bedroom cottage in the Kensington Palace grounds, although Nicholls suggests would be willing to upsize should the two become engaged.

“I am told she will be moving into Kensington Palace — in fact, she already keeps a wardrobe of clothes at Harry’s house over in Kensington Palace and she’s going to be spending all of her time over here from now on," says Nicholl.

While Nicholl was coy on suggesting a date for the engagement, she said it was “all about the timing” and could be announced as soon as the new year.

“You have to remember there are other engagements and events coming up in the royal calendar that an engagement simply couldn't clash with. I think that the new year is probably a more realistic prospect for an engagement announcement.”

Nicholl expects the couple would wed in June, so as not to clash with the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy.

“The duchess will have to get her figure back in time for a wedding and Prince William, who we are all assuming will be best man, will need to be available and not thinking about rushing off to a hospital,” Nicholl says.

“So, I think there will need to be a bit of space between the royal baby being born mid-April and Meghan and Harry tying the knot. This summer is probably going to be the best bet for a royal wedding.”

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