Click here to send this news item to a friend While Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are currently enjoying the hospitality of American VIPs across the pond in the United States, they will likely want to raise a toast to a special someone back home in Blighty. The Duchess of Cornwall's daughter Laura Parker Bowles, 26, has decided to follow the example of both her mother and her older brother Tom by taking a trip down the aisle. The lucky man who has won her heart is old Etonian Harry Lopes. The handsome 29-year-old, who is in line to inherit the Roborough family seat of Gnaton Hall near Plymouth, modelled for Calvin Klein and Vogue before turning his back on the fashion industry to become an accountant.

Speculation that the pair might be planning to get engaged first surfaced earlier this year when they were spotted house-hunting together in London's fashionable neighbourhood of Notting Hill. Charles and Camilla also visited with Harry's parents, George and Sarah, at their Skelpick Estate in the Scottish Highlands over the summer.

Their romance goes back quite a way further, though, as they started going out with each other eight years ago in 1997. Sources close to the couple say they kept their wedding plans under wraps until now because they didn't want to upstage the nuptials of her older brother Tom in September. No date has yet been set for the big day, but friends say it will be sometime next year.

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The loved-up pair have been going out for eight years now. No date has been decided for the big day just yet, but friends say it will be next yearPhoto: © Getty ImagesClick on photo to enlarge
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