Meghan Markle and Prince Harry - Are wedding bells ringing already?

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The couple seem to be ready for the next step in their relationship.

Meeting the future in-laws is serious. You don't just meet your partner's parents at any time in your relationship, unless you've been seeing each other for a while, and know that you're going to marry him or her.

And it seems that that's where Britain's Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are headed: for the altar, possibly.

While nothing's set in stone yet (there's no sign of an engagement ring on Meghan), the Prince has reportedly met her father, Mr Thomas Markle in Toronto where he lives, six months ago in July 2016 before the couple's relationship went public.

Not that he needs any help, but here're tips for the Prince on how he can impress his future father-in-law according to these real dads.

Prince Harry rumoured to be dating Suits star Meghan Markle

  • Prince Harry is dating Meghan Markle, star of the television series Suits, say reports.
  • A friend of the prince's confirmed the romance to People magazine on Monday, saying it was early days for the pair, who had been dating for "a couple of months".
  • British tabloid Daily Star, which broke the story on Sunday, said the two might have met in May in Toronto, where Harry, 32, promoted the 2017 Invictus Games for injured servicemen. The 35-year-old American actress lives in the Canadian city as Suits is filmed there.
  • Markle, who also runs a lifestyle site called The Tig (named after a mispronunciation of a wine called Tignanello), has a million followers on Instagram and her social media account has been combed for clues to the royal romance.
  • Harry broke up with actress Cressida Bonas in 2014.
  • Markle has an African-American mother and a father of Dutch and Irish descent. She was married to film producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013.
  • She was "going through quite a tough time" with her previous boyfriend, chef Cory Vitiello, when the prince embarked on a charm offensive and took to texting her, said reports.
  • But the explosive media attention to the romance may imperil it. After the story broke on Sunday, Harry cancelled a trip to Toronto to meet Markle, said Daily Mail.

According to the Telegraph, Meghan's father, Mr Markle is said to have been "very proud" of the relationship. Meghan's half-brother, Thomas added that the couple are in a good place. He said: "They're extremely happy together, they look great together and she's done good."

Not much else is known about how Prince Harry and Meghan met, with differing accounts.

An article from Time magazine suggests that the couple met at a charity event in Toronto in May 2016 when the Prince was there to promote the Invictus Games.

Other reports (like this one from Forbes and Daily Mail) say that the couple met through their mutual friend, Markus Anderson, director of central London's Soho House, in London.

Also read: 10 things to know about Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle

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