Princess-to-be? Meghan ditches risque item to please Queen
SHE'S the American actress currently making her mark on the British royal family.
Meghan Markle has been dating Prince Harry for over a year - and there are rumours the fifth-in-line to the throne might have already popped the question.
And The Sun reports it seems the 36-year-old Suits star is already preparing to get to grips with royal life.
Meghan appears to already be following The Queen's strict style rules, reports Cosmopolitan.
Apparently, Her Majesty enforces a 'no knees' policy when it comes to royal outfits.
Before things got serious with Harry, Meghan wasn't afraid to wear shorts, above-the-knee shorts and mini dresses.
Now, she has been spotted in more conservative looks including midi dresses and tailored trousers - so is she hinting at something?
In November 2016, Kensington Palace confirmed the Suits actress was the Prince's girlfriend, with a statement saying Harry was worried for her safety.
Harry and Meghan were spotted hand-in-hand for the first time in February 2017, while out on a date in London soon after.
The couple cemented their relationship even further when Harry, 32, was reported to have gained the blessing of Meghan's dad, Thomas.
On May 6, Meghan made her first public appearance as royal girlfriend when she proudly watched Harry playing polo in Berkshire.
And, both Harry and Megan attended the highly-anticipated wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews in May.
According to The Daily Star, Harry has popped the question - the paper claimed he flew his lover to a secret spot before proposing under the stars during their romantic trip to Africa.
The couple are very happy together and in an interview with Vanity Fair, Meghan opened up about their romance, admitting they're in love.
Actress Meghan, 36, told the magazine last month that her relationship with Harry was "a great love story".
"We're a couple. We're in love," she said.
"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.
"This is for us. It's part of what makes it so special, that it's just ours. But we're happy. "Personally, I love a great love story."
Her choice of words were immediately interpreted by Royal watchers as a strong hint that an official engagement announcement is on the cards.
Meghan, star of TV legal drama Suits, gave the interview shortly before heading off on a romantic holiday with Harry, 32, in Botswana last month.
The Prince and his PR team will have known it was coming - and so must have approved Meghan going public about the romance, which began in July last year.
During the interview Meghan refers to Harry as her "boyfriend."
'QUIETLY DATING FOR SIX MONTHS'
In the interview, Meghan talked of the difficulties of having a relationship in the withering glare of the public spotlight.
She said: "It has its challenges, and it comes in waves - some days it can feel more challenging than others.
"And right out of the gate it was surprising the way things changed.
"But I still have this support system all around me, and of course, my boyfriend's support.
"I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it's really simple.
"We're two people who are really happy and in love.
"We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news and I was working during that whole time.
"And the only thing that changed was people's perception.
"Nothing about me changed. I'm still the same person that I am and I've never defined myself by my relationship."
Meghan insisted she is oblivious to the media attention.
She said: "I don't read any press. I haven't even read press for Suits.
"The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise."
The next few days is likely to put that calm resolve to the test as Royal fans and commentators go into overdrive in the wake of the Meghan's interview.
She spoke to the magazine at the house in Toronto she shares with rescue dogs Bogart and Guy.
It has been her home while filming Suits and she joked she had suffered "seven Canadian winters - a long time for someone who grew up in southern California."
During the interview and photo shoot, Meghan said she was "thrilled" to work with a photographer who didn't touch up pictures.
She added: "At almost every photo shoot they would airbrush out" her freckles.
She said: "I've always loved my freckles."
Meghan, whose mum is African-American, has told in the past of her struggle at being a "mixed race" actress - describing herself previously as "ethnically ambiguous."
She told interviewer Sam Kashner she was "going where the Wi-Fi is weak" after their chat - a reference to the Botswana trip.
Meghan also talked about her own family, including her parents' divorce.
She said: "What's so incredible, you know, is that my parents split up when I was two. I never saw them fight. We would still take vacations together."
'A PERVERSE PLACE TO GROW UP'
Dad Thomas Markle was an award-winning Hollywood lighting director and gave her and friends a hand by doing the lighting for their early school plays.
She said: "My parents had been so supportive, watching me audition, trying to make ends meet, taking all the odds-and-ends jobs to pay my bills.
"I was doing calligraphy and I was a hostess at a restaurant - all those things that actors do.
"My father knew how hard it is for an actor to get work, so he above all people was so proud that I was able to beat the odds."
During a 35-year career, Thomas did the lighting for soap General Hospital and sitcom Married with Children.
Meghan said: "Every day after school for ten years I was on the set of Married with Children, which was a really funny and perverse place for a little girl in a Catholic-school uniform to grow up."
She also talked about the difficulty of growing up in Los Angeles at a time of race riots and unrest sparked by police racism.
The infamous beating of Rodney King by white police officers in 1991 sparked race riots on her own doorstep when she was 11.
Meghan, telling how she and her friends were sent home from school as the rioters burned and looted, said: "There was ash everywhere."
She recalled telling mum Doria Ragland: "Oh, my God, Mommy, it's snowing!"
She said her mother answered: "No, flower, it's not snow. Get in the house."