Well, well, what did I tell you? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially engaged! Now it’s on to ‘here comes the bride’! How exciting is that!?
Their long-anticipated engagement was announced by the Prince of Wales on Monday morning with a statement saying the couple, who have been dating for 16 months, will marry in the spring next year.
Just hours after announcing their engagement, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared together at Kensington Palace on Monday afternoon to celebrate the happy news, pose for their official engagement photos and record a television broadcast due to air on Monday evening.
The royal couple held their photocall in the Sunken Gardens, which was one of Princess Diana’s favorite places. When asked by the press how they feel, Harry replied: “Thrilled.” Very glad it’s not raining!” Markle then added: “So happy.”
When asked when he knew she was the one, Harry said with a smile: “The very first time we met.”
The glowing couple walked out into the garden holding hands. Markle, who fittingly wore a stunning white coat by Line the Label, lovingly stroked her fiancé’s arm as reporters asked them for details on the proposal. “That will come later,” Harry said. When asked if the proposal was romantic, Harry replied: “Of course it was.” A smiling Markle then added: “Very.”
The couple also showed off Markle’s stunning diamond engagement ring, which Harry designed himself. The center stone is a diamond from Botswana, a country that holds a significant place in Harry’s heart. The outside two diamonds are from his late mother Princess Diana’s collection.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s photocall is the first time the couple has appeared together since they walked hand-in-hand into the Toronto Invictus Games in September.
According to Clarence House, the wedding will take place in Spring 2018. It will be the biggest royal wedding since his brother Prince William walked down the aisle with Kate Middleton in 2011.
The couple were smiling and giggling throughout their appearance.
When Harry was asked how he proposed, Ms. Markle replied “Save that”, with Harry adding: “That will come later”.
The couple braved the cold and answered a number of questions from the waiting press, before waving at the cameras and walking back through the garden arm in arm.
The sunken garden is poignantly the site of the memorial garden created in memory of Harry’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales to mark the 20th anniversary of her death this year.
It was one of the princess’s favorite parts of the palace grounds.
Harry and Meghan Markle were separated from the media by several meters of water, standing on the other side of the large ornamental pond.
Ms. Markle’s white coat was by Canadian brand Line the Label, and her dress by P.A.R.O.S.H.
It appeared as if the Meghan Effect was already under way with Line the Label’s website crashing because of the numbers of people trying to access its site.
Ms. Markle’s shoes appeared to be strappy Aquazzura Matilde Crisscross Nude Suede Pumps.
Earlier, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh said they were “delighted” for their grandson and his bride-to-be, and “wish them every happiness”.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: “We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”
Ms. Markle’s parents wished their daughter and Harry “a lifetime of happiness”, adding: “We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry.
“Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents.”
Visiting Poundbury in Dorset on Monday, the Prince of Wales said he was “thrilled” and “very happy indeed” for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Fifth in line to the throne Harry has been dating Ms. Markle – who found fame in the US legal drama ‘Suits’ – since the summer of 2016.
heir 16-month whirlwind romance
blossomed when they met through mutual friends in London, and the pair have been almost inseparable in recent months.
The much-anticipated news was confirmed by the Prince of Wales in a brief statement issued by Clarence House.
Looks like they will be selling a lot more ‘People’ magazines after this! Who doesn’t enjoy a royal wedding?! Looks like it’s going to be a busy year in 2018 for the newly engaged couple! Our Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!