Today, August 4, is Meghan Markle‘s 36th birthday – Happy Birthday, Meghan. To celebrate Meghan’s birthday, Prince Harry has taken her on a trip to Africa. The Sun got photos on them arriving in Africa for their holiday.
Harry and Meghan landed in Africa on August 4. The Sun also got quotes from sources because of course they did.
“BESOTTED Prince Harry hugs girlfriend Meghan Markle yesterday as the smiling couple start a romantic African holiday on her 36th birthday. Loved-up Prince Harry appeared to give a thumbs-up to other passengers as he walked across the airport tarmac after leaving the plane. The 32-year-old royal draped a protective arm around the Suits actress as they arrived for the safari trip. She appeared to be carrying a gift from him — a picture swathed in bubble wrap. The couple’s holiday destination — hugely popular for engagements and honeymoons — will only heighten speculation the prince, 32, is about to propose.
“A royal source said: ‘Harry has been planning this holiday for a long time. He’s made the trip incredibly romantic. They’ll go on boats across the lake, walk in the bush at dawn and camp under the stars. Who knows what will happen when they’re watching a sensational African sunset together? Maybe he’ll get down on one knee. Harry regards Africa as his spiritual home and has often talked of how he can get away from it all there. Obviously he wants to show Meghan what an amazing place it is and create new memories together.’
“The source added: ‘Harry’s done a lot of conservation work in Africa with endangered elephants and black rhinos and he’ll show them to the woman he wants to marry. It’s fitting that the spectacular safari started on her birthday — what a way to impress a girl! He’ll make this a holiday she’ll never forget and perhaps she’ll come back with a ring on her finger.’
“Meghan had flown to London from her home in Toronto, Canada, after filming the last episode of the latest Suits series. There she met Harry, newly returned from Google’s summer camp in Sicily. Looking relaxed and happy, she gave the besotted prince a huge kiss as they landed in southern Africa yesterday — watched on the tarmac by an airport worker and a royal protection officer.
“A friend said: ‘Meghan wrapped filming Suits this week and then was straight on to a plane to see Harry. She’d been in London last week with her mum Doria, but had to go back to Toronto last weekend to film. She is super excited about their holiday together and to see Africa though Harry’s eyes. Of course, she’s visited the continent before through her charity work, but this is her first ever safari. She adores animals, particularly elephants, and was just over the moon. Harry and Meghan are the real deal. Their talk is very future-focused. She’s planning to move to the UK and give up much of her acting work. They’ve been dating for over a year now and they are both extremely serious about this relationship. They want it to last and to go the distance.'”
“It’s fitting that the spectacular safari started on her birthday — what a way to impress a girl!” Correction, ‘What a way to impress Meghan’. Since Meghan is into that, then it’s a great way to impress her. But not every ‘girl’ is into that, so it’s not a great way to impress every ‘girl’.
Annoyance at that line aside, I love getting actual photos of Harry and Meghan together. It’s been quite a while since we had a sighting of them.
I do think their African vacation heightens the engagement talk, just because Africa is where William claims to have proposed to Kate. Can you imagine the sickeningly sweet articles if Harry proposed in Africa “just like William”? I can already see outlets trying to spin that.
If they do get engaged, I’m still seeing a late-fall engagement and Spring 2018 wedding. I don’t think they would announce an engagement until after Invictus at least. I think an engagement announcement prior to that would overshadow the Games, and if the Games were Meghan’s first major appearance it would again overshadow the Games, and I don’t think Harry will want to do that.