It’s official: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to marry next May at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her third child in April 2018, so it looks like an exciting couple of months for the royal family. And us/literally everyone else in England/the world.
However, according to the PM we won’t be getting a bank holiday. Apparently seeing two young people in love is enough to “cheer people up”.
Meghan and Harry made their TV debut as a couple on Monday in a special BBC interview with Radio 4 presenter Mishall Husain following their engagement news. As you can expect, we were *swooning* over their cuteness throughout.
The newly engaged royals opened up about everything, from the moment Harry proposed (over roast chicken) to how they first met and their romantic getaway to Botswana, which happened just after their second date.
The couple explained, while holding hands and adorably looking into each others eyes, that they were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend – yes, really.
“I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana,” said Prince Harry.”We camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.”
Could this love story get anymore romantic? ? ❤️
When asked what his late mother, Princess Diana, would think of their engagement, Prince Harry, 33, said she’d be “jumping up and down” before saying that he believed Meghan, 36, and Diana would have been “thick as thieves… best friends.”
Harry also spoke about Meghan’s stunning engagement ring, explaining its comprised of two diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection and one centre stone from Botswana, on top of a classic yellow gold band.
The news of Harry and Meghan’s engagement broke on Monday morning via a statement made on the Kensington Palace Instagram account.
The statement reads:
“His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle are engaged to be married. The Prince of Wales made this announcement this morning:
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.
The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.
His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty, The Queen and other close members of his family.
Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents.
The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.”
It’s been reported that as Meghan is American she will become a British Citizen, as well as being both baptised and confirmed into the Church of England before the big day.
Back in September during the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first joint appearance, holding hands for the cameras and being all cute.
The former Suits actress (yep, she has quit the show) also spoke about her boyfriend for the first time.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, she said of her royal beau: “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.”