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Stacey Leasca
October 19, 2017

Things appear to be heating up even more between Prince Harry and girlfriend Meghan Markle.

While their romance has been well-documented over the last year, from their trip to Africa and their recent PDA-filled outing at the Invictus Games, the latest rumor has many royal watchers thinking that an engagement is imminent.

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According to reports, the couple recently enjoyed a bit of tea time with her Majesty, which could mark the final step before their rumored engagement announcement next month.

Having tea with Queen Elizabeth is certainly always cause for celebration, but this meeting could mark the moment the Queen gives her blessing to the couple.

As the Daily Mail reported, Meghan and Harry allegedly arrived at the Queen's private entrance to Buckingham Palace for an informal hang sesh with her Majesty. The Thursday event was also not "widely publicized within the palace,” according to Daily Mail, which also noted that light snacks were served alongside the Queen’s own blend of Darjeeling and Assam tea.

And although the couple seems rather open about their relationship (Meghan even commented on it during a recent interview with Vanity Fair), those inside Kensington Palace are staying incredibly mum.

“We have refrained from commenting on all previous stories about Prince Harry introducing Meghan Markle to members of the Royal Family and therefore we have no comment,” a spokesperson for the palace told the Daily Mail.

While this tea time feels significant, it isn’t the first time the Suits star has met with the Queen. As Elle noted, she first met with Queen Elizabeth several months ago at the royal family’s summer home in Balmoral.

However, with this meeting it looks like we are inching ever closer to a public declaration of love and marriage. As Meghan told Vanity fair, “We're a couple, we're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time.”

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