In the process, the statement acknowledged the fact that Markle is Prince Harry’s girlfriend. Since then, the couple’s relationship seems to have only continued to gain momentum. Prince Harry planning to take their relationship to the next level, by proposing to Markle but he will need to get permission from his grandmother, the queen.

Harry and Meghan first began dating in August 2016

The royal publicly confirmed their relationship in early November 2016

They were photographed together for the first time in December 2016

Harry has yet to introduce her to the Queen, last month, Meghan reportedly met Harry’s sister-in-law, Kate Middleton and niece Charlotte, for the first time

Kate was really looking forward to meeting Meghan and she knew how important it was to Harry

“They are very close and he really values her opinion on girlfriends.”

Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, died when he was very young so Kate really fulfills that older sister/maternal role

It went really well and Meghan was very excited about meeting her

Meghan got to play with Charlotte who she just adored, the friend added

Harry wants to take their relationship to the next level

This just shows how serious Harry is.

Despite all this, there’s one formality Prince Harry can’t shake with this romance

Actually, there is a law that he needs to ask the woman he affectionately calls “Granny” for permission to marry

Tradition usually sees the man asking the bride-to-be’s dad for permission, the UK’s Royal Marriages Act 1772 states that the monarch can actually veto the marriage of a family member.

Although the law has been relaxed, it still applies to the first six in line to the throne

While the birth of Prince William’s two bubs George and Charlotte have bumped him down, Harry still comes in number five.

But that’s not the only marriage hoop Harry has to jump through

Despite seemingly falling head-over-heels for Meghan, it might be a while before the actress gets a formal introduction to the matriarch

Prince William had been dating Kate Middleton for four years before she was introduced to the royal powerhouse

While one report claims Harry and Meghan have already floated the idea of marriage with the Queen

The Queen has said yes to Harry and Meghan

Now, it will be interesting to see if and when Meghan makes her public debut with the family