Clarence House announced Monday that Prince Harry proposed to the Meghan Markle earlier this month in London—after receiving her parents’ blessing. This will be the first marriage for Harry and the second for Meghan, who was married to Trevor Engelson for two years.
In a brief Q&A with members of the press, Harry said they are “thrilled” to be tying the knot. Harry’s fiancée added that she is “so happy.” The duo had just taped their first joint TV interview, which aired in the U.K. later that evening. BBC News broadcaster interviewed the couple about their relationship’s origins. A new documentary, titled Harry And Meghan: A Royal Engagement, aired afterward on BBC1.
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In the interview, Harry and Meghan said a mutual friend had introduced them via a blind date. After three or four weeks, Harry said, “I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana. We camped out with each other under the stars.” It gave them a chance to be by themselves, away from the world, Harry said, “which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other.”
“It’s so interesting, because we talk about it now, and even then…you know, because I’m from the States, you don’t grow up with this same understanding of the royal family,” Meghan said. “I now understand very clearly: there’s a global interest there. I didn’t know much about him, and so the only thing I had asked her when she said she wanted to set us up was…’Is he nice?’ Because if he wasn’t kind, it just didn’t seem like it would make sense. And so we went and met for a drink, and then I think very quickly into [our first date] we said, ‘What are we doing tomorrow? We we should meet again.'”
Just as she’d known little about Harry, he knew little about her before their first date. “I’d never even heard about her until this friend said ‘Meghan Markle.’ I was like, ‘Right? OK, right. Give me a bit of background? Like, what going on here?'” Harry recalled as Meghan laughed. “So, no, I’d never…I’d never watched Suits. I never heard of Meghan before, and I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her. There she was, sitting there. I was like ‘OK, well, I’m going to have to up my game [and] have a sit down and make sure I’ve got good chat.'”
The proposal happened a few weeks ago at their cottage in Kensington Palace. “It was a cozy night,” Meghan told the BBC. “We were roasting chicken. It was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got down on one knee.”
“She didn’t even let me finish. She said, ‘Can I say yes? Can I say yes?’ Then were hugs, and I had the ring in my finger, and I was like, ‘Can I give you the ring?'” Harry said with a smile. “She goes, ‘Oh! Yes! The ring!'” Later, Meghan said she wouldn’t calls theirs a “whirlwind romance,” despite how it may look to the public. “I think we were able to really have so much time just to connect, and we never went longer than two weeks without seeing each other, even though we were obviously doing a long distance relationship, ” she explained. “So, it’s…we made it work.”
Harry and Meghan will tie the knot in the spring of 2018, Clarence House said.