Forget trying to spot a diamond ring  seeing Meghan Markle in a racy Volkswagen Golf is the biggest clue yet that she is well on the road to an engagement with Prince Harry.This year  stunning US actress has been spotted several times in London being driven around by burly male chauffeur in the souped-up black VW.The last time an attractive young woman linked to a Prince was seen being driven through  streets in a flash car was when a certain Kate Middleton was pictured in an Audi A3 before her engagement to William in 2010.

It turned out Kate had the car as part of a deal that Audi’s parent company VW has with the Royal Family it offers members a 60 per cent lease discount.Now Royal watchers believe Meghan is benefiting from the same arrangement and is already considered part of The Firm.Meghan  who made her first public appearance with Harry at the Invictus Games in Canada last weekend  is spending increasing amounts of time at Kensington Palace with Prince.They frequent nearby members’ club Albert’s in the evenings, and during the day Meghan can often be found at 76 Dean Street  a branch of Soho House with friends. She also pops to Mayfair salon Nails & Brows, which is also a favourite of Princess Beatrice.The 36 years old actress is expected to relocate to London once filming of her legal drama series Suits finishes in Toronto in November.Speculation is rife that an engagement announcement will be made soon afterwards.My source says the VW Golf was likely to have been chosen over a larger car such as a Land Rover for its agility when zipping through clogged streets.Meghan has been spotted on several occasions in the Golf, which does not have blacked-out windows. She sits next to the driver rather than in the back.Kensington Palace would not say who pays for the car, but it is likely Harry is bankrolling  arrangement privately. If an engagement is announced, Meghan will get taxpayer-funded security officers and drivers.In Toronto, NBC Universal provides chauffeur-driven cars for her inbetween filming scenes for Suits. She has also starred in an America television advert driving a luxury Lexus RX.A Kensington Palace spokesman declined to comment and Meghan’s publicist told there is no car on ‘standby’.

He has sent staff to Kentucky to find the perfect bourbon, and wants to hire a weatherman to check the terrace temperature three times a day and a sculptor to carve ice cubes, so it’s little wonder Richard Caring is set to miss deadline he set himself for reopening his club Annabel’s.It was hoped the new £55 million Berkeley Square venue would start welcoming guests again next month, but I hear that work has fallen behind as Richard strives for perfection.

You won’t believe what they tell me!

The most famous person I’ve met since GBBO is Stephen Hawking, apparently he’s a big fan!

Great British Bake Off star Selasi Gbormittah reveals at the Amy Winehouse Foundation gala that theoretical physicist is a closet baking buff.

I was horrified to see they had the Queen at a champagne reception lifting her glass and saying “cheers” like some yobbo!

The Crown’s series adviser Major David Rankin Hunt who worked at St James Palace  tells me at Robert Lacey’s book launch that he insisted on a scene being changed.

My books do have things in common. Bonnets. So many bonnets!

Margaret Atwood author of the recently televised The Handmaid’s Tale  admits that her work has a theme.

Do I talk about my sex life in my new book? I’m not doing a Prue Leith, if that is what you mean. She’ll say anything!

Meow! Gloria Hunniford gets catty about fellow BBC veteran Prue at the launch of her new autobiography, My Life.

Do you know where I want to be right now? I want to be laying in my bed in some tartan pyjamas.

Dame Joan Collins joins me at a premiere  to complain about being invited to so many premieres…

I’m still a teenager at heart. That’s one thing that’s carried me through life.

The Duchess of York gives me her top life tip when we met at the BFI Luminous gala.

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