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William’s diplomatic laugh at prospect of Harry and Meghan wedding

Harry and Meghan’s romance appears to be hitting new heights.

The prospect of Prince Harry marrying girlfriend Meghan Markle has been discussed with the Duke of Cambridge – who responded with a diplomatic laugh.

Harry and Meghan’s romance appears to be hitting new heights after they held hands and gazed lovingly at each other during an appearance at the Invictus Games in Toronto.

Their public show of affection has even prompted bookies to offer odds on the couple getting engaged before the end of the Games this weekend.

When William visited Milton Keynes to celebrate its 50th anniversary he met craftsmen, based close to the new town, who make the vellum for royal documents and for use in parliament.

Paul Wright, general manager for William Cowley Parchment Makers, told the Duke: “If Prince Harry marries Meghan then his certificate will be in our vellum.”

Under the Royal Marriages Act 1772, all descendants of George II must obtain the sovereign’s agreement before they wed, otherwise the marriage is invalid.

The Instrument of Consent is an elaborate document made from vellum, usually calf skin, proclaiming the monarch’s approval of a marriage and bearing a large red wax Great Seal of the Realm.

King George III, George II’s grandson, ordered the act after his younger brother the Duke of Cumberland secretly married Lady Anne Horton, deemed to be a highly disreputable widow of a commoner.

William burst out laughing when told about the use the vellum could be put to and Mr Wright said about the Duke’s response: “He just laughed – a nice laugh.”

Bookmakers William Hill are offering odds of 16-1 that Harry and Meghan are engaged before the Games end, 6-4 odds if the announcement is later in the year, and 1-3 for the news to be released in 2018.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “They look very happy in each other’s company and I for one expect an announcement imminently.”

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