Two days on from the official announcement, the Daily Mail has officially confirmed that Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are still engaged and still planning to get married in May. The front page confirmed that the 36-year-old actress had failed to storm out of Kensington Palace at 3am in tears shunning reporters and shielding her eyes from the paparazzi.
The shocking exclusive follows hot on the heels of yesterday’s front page exclusive that the couple were said to be greatly looking forward to the honeymoon due to take place somewhere or other shortly afterwards. The Mail apparently beat both The Telegraph and The Daily Express to this latest revelation. ‘We too had received a tip-off that the wedding was still on’, admitted Thaddeus Gormley, the Telegraph’s Royal Correspondent. ‘However we were still desperately trying to confirm the story with our sources as we went to press.’
‘Frankly, in the search for royal exclusives, we have been utterly trounced by the Mail,’ added a dejected-looking Mr Gormley. ‘They beat us to it with news that the engagement ring is worth £50,000 or possibly £199,475. They were first with news that the bride-to-be is ‘a bit modern’ by royal standards. And they left us all in the starting blocks with the revelation that Diana, Princess of Wales would probably have really liked Ms Markle. Now with this morning’s exclusive… it’s as good as game over for the other royal correspondents on the block.’
The Mail is remaining tight-lipped about any forthcoming revelations. However, rumours are circulating within Fleet Street that a series of no photographs have been leaked to the paper. These non-existent pictures are said not to show Ms Markle in compromising positions with high ranking Saudi officials, suggesting that the wedding is unlikely be cancelled in a blaze of negative publicity for the Palace
‘If that one’s true, they’ll pull off the scoop of the decade, speculated Alan Frankl, Times correspondent for royals lower than fourth and higher than sixtieth in line for the throne. ‘Let’s hope for their sakes their sources are right about this one!’