The royal family is staying mum on the topic of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s engagement—namely, whether it already happened or will be happening in the very near future. Most recently Prince William deflected a comment about his younger brother’s potential nuptials with the tried-and-true strategy of laughing awkwardly and changing the subject.
According to People, William paid a visit to William Cowley Parchment Makers, which provides the vellum used for royal and Parliament documents, in the English town of Milton Keynes on Tuesday. Paul Wright, William Cowley’s general manager, told the magazine that he oh-so-casually mentioned to Will that “if Prince Harry marries Meghan, then his certificate will be in our vellum.” In response, William “just laughed—a nice laugh,” Wright said.
Although it’s not much to go on, Prince William’s “nice laugh” is the only comment any member of the royal family has made regarding the engagement (besides Markle’s own coy, wordless smile when asked earlier this summer whether she was planning on taking a trip down the aisle anytime soon), so feel free to perform an unnecessarily deep, obsessive analysis on this sparing report.
The “nice laugh” heard ’round the world took place less than 24 hours after Markle and Prince Harry made their first joint appearance at the Invictus Games in Toronto. On Monday the lovebirds attended a wheelchair tennis match together and then held hands (!) while walking around the event grounds. Notably, the Suits actress was wearing a white button-down shirt from designer Misha Nonoo that’s called the—wait for it—Husband blouse. Be still, our British-royals-loving hearts.
Engagement rumors have been swirling around Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, for months. In July multiple sources reported that a proposal was “fast approaching.” The rumors only increased when, in the span of a few weeks in late August and early September, Harry was reported to be working closely with a jeweler, the pair vacationed in the exact same location in Africa where Prince Harry proposed to Kate, and Markle met Queen Elizabeth.
And if all of that weren’t enough confirmation that an engagement is truly imminent, Markle finally broke her silence on the one-year relationship in the October issue of Vanity Fair. “We’re two people who are really happy and in love,” she said. “We’re a couple. We’re in love. 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.”