With the recent influx of engagement-shaped signs—a Harry-centric Vanity Fair cover, a handful of public appearances, and a tea-meeting with the Queen—most people were anticipating an engagement announcement for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry any day now.
While some people bandied around November as the month, sights were set on December being the time to drop the news (it is engagement season, after all).
But "one source with excellent contacts in the palace" is hinting that the cork might have to stay stoppered for the time being, as the announcement could be as far away as April.
An unnamed royal source has told The Daily Beast that the couple are planning to hold off on their news until April, because they don’t want to overshadow Kate Middleton’s incoming royal baby number 3. “There won’t be any announcement until at least after Kate has had her baby in April,” the source told the publication.
Previously, royal-watchers had speculated that the wedding would most certainly take place post-baby—after all, you wouldn’t want to make your sister-in-law and the future Queen of England sit through a wedding heavily pregnant—or even post-christening (which generally takes place two to three months after the baby is born), but not that the engagement itself would have to wait, too.
Nevertheless, the relationship is still on track. Markle is currently in Toronto filming what people are speculating is her last-ever season of Suits, after which she will move to London to get her hands into some philanthropy work. Harry, meanwhile, is continuing on with his general royal engagements and baby-holding appearances in his usual charming way.