Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are engaged and will have a summer wedding. Well, if you believe US Weekly’s exclusive report this week. But the gathering anticipation is not only confined to monarchy-mad America as Britain’s bookies are already taking bets about this eventuality.
A spokeswoman for bookies Betfair said: “We pulled it yesterday when we saw some quite interesting betting on May 2018 to be the date for the wedding. Originally the favourite months had been June and July but these bets were quite specific about May. We don’t think there is anything suspicious but there had been lots of reports yesterday about the BBC being put on stand-by and also May would be the first opportunity after Kate has her baby.”
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But Kensington Palace has remained shtum as the speculation rages with most royal reporters on standby/tenterhooks primed to cover what will be the biggest royal scoop of the year. Some are speculating as early as next week before Christmas holidays arrive.
Markle, 36, an actor on the TV legal drama series Suits has wound up her role on the show and sent her beloved dogs to London where she will live happily ever after with her prince at his bijou Nottingham Cottage inside Kensington Palace. She is about to star in her real-life Cinderella story after revealing earlier this year in a Vanity Fair interview: “We are a couple, we are in love.”
Other royal watchers are banking on precedence, Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton was announced in November 2007 together with plans for a Spring wedding the following April. Could the same pattern be repeated?
The bookies think so with Betfair already taking bets on the location of the ceremony with Westminster Abbey the favourite at 20/1 on, followed by Windsor Castle at 5/2 and St Paul’s where Princess Diana marries Prince Charles at 5/1. Other wedding wagers include “Meghan to wear white” at 50/1 on and “Elton John to sing at the wedding” at 7/2.
Royal historians point to Markle’s colourful past and doubt her suitability for a traditional royal wedding. She was briefly married to US film producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013.
The couple made their relationship official after appearing together in public at the Invictus Games in Canada in September. She has been cutting back on acting commitments and is said to be shipping her belongings over to the UK to embark on a new life with Harry, 32, fifth in line to the throne. He is reported to have introduced her to the Queen over tea at Buckingham Palace. Another sign something ‘serious’ is in the offing.