The Express in the UK broke the news this weekend that Prince Harry is dating Suits actress Meghan Markle. It’s been 6 months. They supposedly met through charity contacts in Toronto when Harry was here in May. And Meghan spent part of the summer in London which is when they started getting to know each other. According to British gossips, apparently she’s already been to Kensington Palace and has met Princess Kate. Also they wore matching bracelets.  Meghan is American but she spends a lot of time in Toronto because Suits is filmed here. And now today, the Evening Standard is reporting that Harry was actually scheduled to fly to Toronto from London yesterday to see Meghan but cancelled the trip now that she’s a heatscore. There hasn’t been this much heat on Harry’s romantic life since he and Cressida Bonas broke up. Like a rumour here and there – Ellie Goulding was one of them, I think, and maybe some major stretching on Athina Onassis – but nothing with as much coverage as this story, because the others were bullsh-t. Which means that this is definitely not bullsh-t.

But how serious? Since The Express had the first exclusive, we’ll go with their source on this:

“(Harry’s) in a very relaxed period of his life and Meghan has come along at the right time. They are taking each week as it comes and just enjoying each other’s company but it’s fair to say that they love seeing each other and there’s a definite chemistry between them. Harry has been desperate to keep the relationship quiet because he doesn’t want to scare Meghan off. He knows things will change when their romance is public knowledge but he also knows he can’t keep it a secret for long. It’s too early to say if the relationship will lead to anything long-term but who knows? At the moment they are just taking it a step at a time and seeing how things develop.”

So… somewhere in between casual and pre-engaged? More than bootycalling but not quite “I love you”?

But what’s the potential? Already the British tabloids are digging into Meghan’s history. She’s been married and divorced and some think that might be an issue for Harry’s family. But, I mean, if ANYONE were to understand that, it would be his dad, non? And also, given that Will and Kate have had their babies, Harry is less and less obligated to adhere to whatever requirements he may have had to follow in his personal life as the once-third-now-fifth in line to the throne. Since his f-ckup in Vegas, Harry has been the most popular royal by far. He’s travelled extensively to represent his grandmother. His work on behalf of veterans has been unimpeachable. Harry’s been banking his bonus points. His personal life would be how he’d cash that in, non?

So I guess my persistent Gossip Genie-ing over Harry and Taylor Swift isn’t being answered, at least not right now. Taylor might have her own thing going on though. More on that later.