In their first ever joint interview, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared the little details of their love story. They spoke about the proposal, media attention and more importantly – the Queen’s response to Meghan.
Harry would have needed to get his grandmother’s permission to propose, so for her, this has certainly been a long time coming. The royal Twitter account retweeted Kate Middleton and Prince William’s statement and added: “The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness.”
Harry’s in-laws were, too, overjoyed of course.
The Prince also went on to address the absence of his mother late Lady Diana and how it affected him on the special day of his engagement., reported Elle.
“It’s days like today that I really I miss having her around and being able to share the happy news but with the ring, and with everything else going on, I’m sure she’s with us.”
“She’s with us,” Meghan said, nodding. Harry described Meghan’s ring, which he designed, and its relation to his mother. “The ring is yellow gold because that’s Meghan’s favourite. The main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds on the side are from my mother’s jewellery collection, to make sure she’s with us on this crazy journey together.”
“It’s beautiful,” Meghan said, admiring the ring. “I think everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of Diana’s diamonds and obviously not being able to meet his mom, it’s so important to know that she is a part of this with us.”
She continued, “Being able to meet his aunts and just different people who were so important to his mom, I’m able to know a part of her through them, and of course, him. It’s incredibly special to be able to have this, which links where you come from and Botswana, which is important to us.”
The Prince went on to guarantee that his mother would have loved his fiancée. “Oh, they’d be thick as thieves, without question. I think she’d be over the moon, jumping up and down, you know, so excited for me. She would have probably been best friends with Meghan. ”
Speaking about the proposal, the couple shared details on how they were spending a cosy night “roasting a chicken” as per Meghan at their Nottingham Cottage at Kensingtion Palace. Or “trying to roast a chicken,” Harry said, correcting her, reported CNN.
“It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got down on one knee,” she said. “As a matter of fact, I could barely let you finish proposing. I remember saying, ‘Can I say yes now?'”
The pair giggled as they dotingly remembered the moment. Harry continued, “There was hugs and I had the ring in my finger. I was like, ‘Can I give you the ring?’ She goes, ‘Oh, yes! The ring!'”
When the Prince and Meghan stepped out for the first time as an engaged couple yesterday morning, we couldn’t help but be reminded of the day when big brother William, did the same thing with his then-fiancée Kate just over seven years ago.
Although there were numerous similarities, there were also obviously quite a few differences. Let’s start with the location – Prince Harry and Meghan chose to have their engagement photo shoot outside, at the Sunken Garden – Kensington Palace. William and Kate, on the other hand, did theirs inside, at St. James’s Palace, reported People magazine.
Kensington Palace definitely has more sentimental value for the couple as it’s where the prince grew up and it’s also where the couple will reside. Their photo call was also shorter than Prince William and Kate’s – they posed for only a minute and a half whereas the latter posed for four minutes.
William and Harry were both clad in navy suits but all eyes were on the brides-to-be of course. Kate stunned in nude heels and a royal blue wrap dress from Issa London which matched her sapphire engagement ring perfectly.
Meghan stayed within the ‘wrap’ trend but went for a more simple look with a white wrap coat from Canadian brand Line the Label based in Toronto – which has been Meghan’s home for the past few years while she filmed Suits.
Under the white coat, Meghan wore a green dress from the Italian brand P.A.R.O.S.H. Style expert Hilary Alexander said, “This outfit is a sign of Meghan’s style sensibilities and how they differ from Kate’s.”
“It’s completely different,” she added. “It’s a lot more modern. The blue dress was quite conservative, this is stylish and continental. It’s easy chic, you throw it on and wrap it round.”
Alexander continued, “Meghan is a bit more adventurous than Kate. She has a bit more of a European approach. Having been an actor, she’s very accustomed to publicity shots and posing whereas, Kate wasn’t.”
However, it was obviously the ring that received most if not all of the attention. Kate’s was very familiar as it was the same ring Princess Diana wore throughout her marriage to Prince Charles. Meghan’s ring also has a connection to Princess Diana. Designed by Harry himself, the ring features two diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection, as well as a larger, center diamond from Botswana — a country that’s close to Harry’s heart, and one he visited with Meghan earlier this year.
“It’s merging modernity with history, which is what their relationship is,” Sophie Goodwin, fashion director at Tatler, told People.
She added, “They are respecting the traditions of the royal family. William and Kate have done the same, merging both worlds and bringing the royal family into this new era. I think they are doing it beautifully and this is just another extension of it, with Harry and Meghan.”
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