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The Sweet Reason Meghan and Harry Are Getting Married So Soon

It has to do with his grandfather, Prince Philip.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have no plans for a long engagement.

While they only announced that Harry had popped the question on November 27, Kensington Palace has already confirmed the wedding will take place sometime in May 2018. That leaves just five months to orchestrate a royal celebration.

While royal engagements tend to be on the shorter side—Will and Kate, for example, were only publicly engaged for five months before tying the knot—in this case, there's another sweet reason for the rush: Prince Philip.

Harry's grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, is 96 years old, and Harry reportedly wants to ensure he can be a part of the celebration.

"He wanted something close to home for the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen," royal expert Kate Nicholl tells ET. 

"In fact, one of the reasons that Prince Harry has wanted this wedding to happen quite quickly—this is really whirlwind by royal standards—is because his 96-year-old grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, is retired now and Prince Harry really wants him to be at his wedding."

Nicholl also shared that Harry is "incredibly close to his grandfather" and that he "thought it was it was a great thing to [have] the wedding sooner rather than later, so his grandfather could be there, fit and healthy."

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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