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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have fuelled rumors of an impending engagement by meeting Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II for afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace. The Thursday event was also not "widely publicized within the palace", according to Daily Mail, which also noted that light snacks were served alongside the Queen's own blend of Darjeeling and Assam tea.

Harry and Meghan went public with their relationship - or perhaps, more apropos, their relationship was made public - about a year ago, but the couple haven't been spotted together until a few weeks ago at the Invictus Games.

Meghan, who apparently quit her role in United States drama Suits recently to spend more time with Harry, has regularly visited Kensington Palace in west London.

The pair, who have been seeing each other for 18 months after reportedly first meeting at the Invictus Games in Florida, enjoyed the get together in the Queen's private sitting room.

The Queen, 91, had just returned from her long summer break at Balmoral Castle two days earlier, and Prince Philip was not there to meet Markle.

The couple sat in the front row holding hands as they sat side-by-side watching the wheelchair tennis semi-finals.

Before adding: "The Queen spent nearly an hour with her grandson and the Los Angeles-born Meghan".

And that's not the only family member the Suits star has met with, with The Mail revealing Harry's father Prince Charles was "very impressed" when he was introduced to the 36-year-old.

"We're a couple", she told the publication.

"We're two people who are really happy and in love. I'm still the same person that I am, and I've never defined myself by my relationship". It is said to be the Queen's favourite time of day and it's a bonus when her grandchildren join her. "We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time".


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