The speculation is over, they’re officially engaged. Prince Charles announced the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s Spring 2018 marriage this morning, the couple briefly posed for pictures a few hours later and even answered some key questions. But because the royal family knows the world needs more answers to every little thing, Harry and Meghan were more than happy to provide in a 20-minute sit-down with the BBC’s Mishal Husain. And it is EVERYTHING.
It happened on a “cozy night” earlier this month at the couple’s Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace. They were roasting chicken, said Meghan, but Harry corrected her, saying they were “trying to roast a chicken.” But enough with the food. How did he do it?
“It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee,” she said. “As a matter of fact, I could barely let you finish proposing. I said, ‘Can I say yes now?'”
They both giggled as they recalled the moment, before Harry added, “It was a really nice moment. It was just the two of us, and I think I managed to catch her by surprise as well.” That’s half the battle right there.
How they met
It’s been a year and a half since they first met, which was during a blind date set up by a mutual friend, whose identity they want to keep secret. They had two back-to-back dates in London in July 2016, then a few weeks later, she joined him for five days in Botswana.
They knew nothing about each other
Harry never watched Suits, nor did he know she was an actress. Meghan obviously knew he was part of the British royal family, but that’s it. The only thing she wanted to know was whether he was nice and kind, and Harry recalled his first impression: “I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her. I was like, ‘I really have to up my game.'”
Avoiding the public eye
Harry bragged about how well they managed to avoid media scrutiny which, at times, has not been particularly kind to Markle or their relationship. So rather than go out for nights on the town, they opted for evenings at home away from the paparazzi and people’s cellphone cameras. They had to “reverse the whole process,” Harry said, which gave them time to really get to know one another. Harry even joked that for all those people out there who want to get more serious, they should “slow down on the dates, spend more time at home.”
Meeting the future in-laws
We all know Harry has met Meghan’s mom (whom he calls “amazing”), though he has yet to meet her father (though they have spoken). As for Markle, she’s had a handful of “teas and meetings” with Charles, they’ve had several hangouts with Prince William and Duchess Kate (whom Meghan calls “wonderful”), and yes, she’s met the Queen “a couple times.” And because Meghan is that amazing, the corgis took to her right away “laying on her feet during tea,” something Harry was a little bitter about. “For the last 33 years being barked at, this one walks in, absolutely nothing, just wagging tails.”
The ring and how Princess Diana is with them
Designed by the prince, it’s yellow gold (“her favourite,” Harry noted), with the main stone sourced from Botswana, and the little diamonds are from his mother’s jewelry collection, “to make she’s with us on this crazy journey together.”
Markle said, “Everything about harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of that, and obviously not being able to meet his mom, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us,” adding how perfect it is as it links where he comes from to Botswana, a place that’s important them.
When asked if Markle and his mum would’ve gotten along, Harry said, “They’d be thick as thieves, without question. I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, so excited for me but then, as I said, would’ve probably been best friends with Meghan.
“It’s days like today where I miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news,” Harry said, “but with the ring and with everything else that’s going on, I’m sure she’s with us, jumping up and down somewhere else.”
There’s so much more, but you get the idea. Harry nervously biting his lip a lot, Meghan staying remarkably composed, the look of pride on both their faces as the other spoke, and both so, SO in love. And adorable as hell. The next few months, years, decades to come, they’re going to be amazing.