When news of Prince Harry and Suits‘ Meghan Markle’s secret relationship broke earlier this week, the first question that popped into everyone’s mind was, “But what will the family think?”
It seems like the thought of beloved Prince Harry getting serious with an — gasp — American actress would be enough to throw the Queen into a tizzy, but from the sounds of things, the inhabitants of Kensington Palace are already cool with Harry’s new love.
In fact, Markle met Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, during a grouse shooting party at the royal Balmoral estate in Scotland back in September, according to Us Weekly. The shooting party was all part of Harry’s 32nd birthday extravaganza held at the secluded estate in Aberdeenshire, which was attended by a whole host of his closest friends and family.
“I’d call the visit a coming-out party,” an inside source told Us of Markle’s appearance at Harry’s birthday weekend. “It would have been the first time some of his close friends got to meet her.”
Not only did Markle meet Prince Charles, but she also reportedly stayed at his Birkhall residence, a grand hunting lodge on the grounds of Balmoral, says Us. If Charles is letting the couple stay at his place, it’s probably safe to say Markle has his seal of approval.
Can you even imagine staying at a place as fancy as the Prince of Wales’ Birkhall residence? Not sure how Markle is able to keep her composure.
Unfortunately, Prince William and the former Kate Middleton weren’t at the event, but they’re reportedly next on the docket.
“Not meeting William and Kate yet has simply been about not being in the same place at the same time… They will see each other soon,” an Us insider said, while another added, “It’s been important for Harry to introduce Meghan to the people he cares about.”
Sure feels like Markle is on the fast track to becoming an honest-to-goodness princess. Hey, it happened to Grace Kelly, why not Markle?
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