The UN Women advocate, 35, flew from Toronto to the U.K. on Sunday, December 11, and is staying with her beau at his Nottingham Cottage home at Kensington Palace. A source tells Us that Harry arranged for someone to pick her up from the airport when she arrived.
First on the agenda? The couple went shopping for a tree at Pines and Needles in London’s Battersea Park on Monday, a shop staffer confirms to Us Weekly. They quickly picked out a modest 6-foot Nordmann's fir, which cost around £56.95 (about $72.50 in U.S. currency), during their 15-minute stop at the Christmas tree lot. Instead of having the tree delivered to his royal residence, the couple (who were both in hats and gloves) took it home themselves.
Ollie Wilkinson was working when the couple visited at 8:30 p.m and later revealed, "I gave them a bunch of mistletoe. He smelled one of the berries and said it 'smelled a bit weird' and [Meghan] said she liked it. Then they got into the car. They walked off holding hands with [Prince Harry] holding the tree in one hand."
Company owner Sam Lyle tells Us, "It was fantastic having them in the store. They picked out a lovely tree and were both very happy with their purchase. I'm sure they'll have a great time decorating."
Sources tell Us Weekly that Markle's trip was spur of the moment, and they weren’t scheduled to meet up until a one-week romantic getaway they’re planning later this month. “Harry and Meghan weren’t going to see each other until the vacation, but they really wanted to see each other,” the insider said. "Meghan had an overwhelming few days in Toronto — cameras wherever she went, feeling like she was being followed. … This is all very surreal to her. She feels safe with Harry."
Things seem to be heating up for the duo, and they have been making frequent back-and-forth trips across the pond. Last week, the British royal stopped in Toronto to see his girlfriend after finishing up his 14-day tour of the Caribbean. He stayed at Markle’s home during the trip.
Another sign that it’s serious: Markle has already been introduced to members of the royal family. During Markle’s last visit to London in mid-November, she got acquainted with his older brother, Prince William. “They got on fabulously. I’m sure Harry has been looking forward to introducing his girlfriend,” a second source said, while another added, “Naturally, William is very happy for his brother."
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