While confirming nothing, it’s at least a confirmation that the palace is painfully aware of the fevered reporting on the couple, who were widely reported as likely to announce their engagement after Queen Elisabeth and Prince Philip had their 70th wedding anniversary on November 20.
It normally remains tight-lipped despite speculation, although it did release a statement when the prince and the American actress began dating and she was pursued by paparazzi and hounded by reporters.
Part of the recent eruption of speculation came as a result of the news that big betting houses such as William Hill had closed their books on bets as to the royal engagement date.
A William Hill spokesperson told Hello that “we believe the happy couple are already engaged and possibly have been for some time”.
Can you imagine living under such a microscope? Would it be an okay trade-off for the privileges the royal enjoy?