Could a Prince Harry wedding announcement with Meghan Markle be happening before the end of the year?

They’ve been dating little over a year, but couple-of-the-minute Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have faced constant rumours of their engagement for months now.

The latest on their fairytale romance was the suspicion that Harry would propose to Meg whilst the pair were on her birthday trip in Africa. Reports circulated that because of Harry’s deep connection to the area, he was keen to propose to her somewhere special.

(The couple embracing earlier this year, on one of Meghan’s trips to the UK)

So far, no news about whether such a moment really did take place on their holiday has been revealed.

But now a former member of the household has spilled the beans on when we might be able to expect an engagement announcement from the Prince.

Darren McGrady, former chef to the late Princess of Wales and her sons, appears convinced that the famous pair will hold off until December to announce their happy news.

Speaking to Hello!, he said, “I really do think they would have been engaged by now. But Princess Diana’s 20th anniversary this month in August, they can’t trump that.

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“And then November is the Queen and Prince Philip’s platinum wedding anniversary so they can’t trump that either. Whereas December they can announce the engagement and they’d be free to marry next year. I think that’s what’s going to happen.’

(Darren McGrady)

Darren went on to say that a winter announcement would mean Meghan could finally spend Christmas with her beau. He revealed, “Meghan can join the royals at Sandringham at Christmas because she’ll be engaged and part of the fold.”

His comparison of Meghan to Diana…

The royal chef, who is releasing his new cook-book, continued to sing his praises of the US actress. He even went as far as to liken the Suits star to Diana, suggesting that Harry sees his mother in her.

“I think Meghan is fantastic,” he said. “Everything that I’ve seen of her, I think she’s amazing. And I think Harry’s picked someone like his mum.

(“I think Harry sees his mum in her…”)

“I think Kate’s beautiful, a hard worker, she looks stunning and she’s doing exactly what she needs to be doing. But I think Meghan is naturally like Diana.

“She’s amazing with children, she has that compassion. I think she’s stunning, she’s going to be a clothes horse. I think Harry sees his mum in her and I love what he’s doing with Invictus Games, and I can’t speak highly enough of Harry.”