Was it supposed to have happened last Thursday? Maybe it will be this Tuesday? The speculation and the rumor about a possible announcement of participation of the American actor Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reached a high point over the weekend, although the badistants of the Palace of Kensington keep their mouths shut.
For months it has become clear the fifth in line to the throne has found a serious partner in the star of the legal television drama Suits, whom he met in the summer of 2016. But the feeling that a commitment announcement is imminent has been fueled by reports that Markle has already packed his rented house in Toronto and is moving to Nottingham Cottage, the prince's house on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Last week, the 36-year-old American divorcee was photographed shopping on Kings Road, Chelsea.
The bookmaker Ladbrokes stopped betting on the commitment last week and on Sunday saw press reports that Theresa May had "cleaned up her diary" on Thursday while waiting for an announcement. This was emphatically denied by Downing Street, who noted that less than 24 hours after the budget, the prime minister had other priorities, such as spending half a day in Leeds with the chancellor, Philip Hammond, to promote the government's housing construction policies. .
On Thursday, however, there was a wave of activity, with television crews settling outside the Kensington Palace and a barrage of press questions from Prince Harry's communications team, mistakenly anticipating an announcement.
Now there is media speculation, although it is not clear on what it is based, which could come as early as Monday or possibly Tuesday. The Mail on Sunday summed up the mood among those for whom any development in the Harry and Meghan show means an increase in ratings, with its headline headline: "The palace is ready, the nation awaits … so Hurry up, Harry! "
The expectation reflects the desire among real observers for a new history in the British monarchy, beginning perhaps with Markle attending the traditional celebrations of the Christmas Day of the Windsor in Sandringham.
It was reported last month that the couple went to tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, which some observers inferred was seeking the monarch's blessing for a commitment.
Kensington Palace declined to ask questions about a possible announcement on Sunday, and even a generally talkative real source responded with a dry: No comment. "