Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's have finally confirmed their engagement, after months of speculation. From the proposal to the photos to the sell-out white coat - here is everything you need to know about the newly engaged royal couple...
When will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married?
It's official: Harry and Meghan will tie the knot on 19th May 2018, according to a new statement from Kensington Palace.
All The Pictures From Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Engagement Photocall
After news of their engagement broke, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared in the grounds of Kensington Palace for a photo call to mark the happy news.
The couple posed for photos against the backdrop of the Sunken Gardens, which was a favourite location of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
See all the photos of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's engagement, here.
Meghan Markle's white coat
Meghan wore a white coat from US brand The Line for the occasion and a dress by PAROSH. Her 'Matilde' suede heels, with a criss-cross strap detail, are by Aquazzura and are currently on sale at US retailer Neiman Marcus, reduced from around £552 to £369.44
Meghan Markle's engagement ring
The ring, which the Suits star happily showed off to the reporters and photographers gathered at the gardens, was reportedly designed by Prince Harry. It was made by Cleave and Company, with a gold band and three diamonds: the centre is from Botswana, the two outer jewels were from his mother's personal collection.
Harry revealed, 'The ring is - is obviously yellow gold because that's what - her favourite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the - the little diamonds either side are from my mother's jewellery collection to make sure that she's with us on this - on this crazy journey together,'
How did Prince Harry propose to Meghan?
Speaking to the BBC's Mishal Husain on the occasion of their engagement, the pair discussed everything from how they were set up on a 'blind date' to their future charity work to the Corgi's reaction to Meghan (spoiler alert: they took to her immediately). First, though, came the proposal story.
It happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month, here at our cottage. A standard typical night for us trying to roast a chicken,' Harry explained.
'It was just an amazing surprise, just so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee,' added Meghan
Will We Get A Bank Holiday When Harry And Meghan Gets Married?
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that, contrary to (our) speculation, the event will not be marked with a Bank Holiday. Sigh... The PM did, however, offer her 'very warmest congratulations' to the couple.
'This is a time of huge celebration for two people in love and, on behalf of myself, the Government and the country, I wish them great happiness for the future', she added
What will Meghan Markle's title be when she marries Prince Harry?
In the UK, a wife automatically takes on her husband's title - but Meghan would not become Princess Meghan. Instead, she would become Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales, which doesn't exactly roll off the tongue...
Princess, after all, is a title reserved for those born into the British monarchy: so while Princesses Charlotte, Eugenie and Beatrice may use it, Kate Middleton does not. Similarly, 'Princess Diana' was never really an official title (she was actually HRH Diana, Princess of Wales).
Obamas sweet message to Harry And Meghan
In response to the announcement, revealed by Prince Charles via his office at Clarence House yesterday morning, the former Commander-in-Chief tweeted his and his wife’s best wishes for the couple.
‘Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement. We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together,’ he wrote
Why the Queen may not attend Prince Harry's wedding
So, why might the Queen be forced to skip her grandson’s wedding? As Queen of England, Elizabeth II is also the Head of the Church of England, Defender of the Faith or fidei defensatrix to give her the correct Latin title (but if you’re up-to-date on The Crown, you’ll know this already…)
So, she stands for the Church, its values and – by extension – its views on divorce. Meghan’s previous marriage (to TV producer Trevor Engelson, whom she divorced in 2013) makes things rather more complicated. To use another Crown allusion, think back to Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor, or Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend: these days, the royals are arguably more liberal in their attitudes, but the Queen still takes her duty as Defender of the Faith very seriously.
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Who will be Meghan Markle's bridesmaids?
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- Jessica Mulroney
- Janina Gavankar
- Priyanka Chopra
- Serena Williams
- Princess Charlotte
- Lindsay Roth
When did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make their first appearance as a couple?
The couple have attended their first public event together after 10 months of dating with the prince's girlfriend taking her rightful place in the Royal Box at Coworth Park Polo Club in Ascot as she watched her beau and his brother the Duke of Cambridge playing polo.
The newest soon-to-be member of the royal family looked every inch the princess for her first public engagement, wearing a beautiful navy asymmetric Antonio Berardi dress and white blazer, plus prerequisite shades
Where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married? Venue?
The choice of venue would also be a major consideration for any royal couple-to-be. Harry's older brother Prince William married Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey, but the fact that Meghan has been married before (she divorced producer Trevor Engelson in 2013) might make things different.
The couple's wedding venue has been confirmed as St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, implying that the pair will opt out of the pomp of a televised ceremony in favour of a more low-key affair. The month of the wedding has been announced as May.'
What are the etiquette steps of a royal engagement?
If Harry did pop the question - what could he and Meghan expect from a royal engagement process?
Suffice to say, it would go a fair way beyond a quick "we're getting wed!" text.
Here are the seven rules of etiquette bound up in a proposal by the fifth in line to the British throne
How did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spend their first Valentine's Day?
Turns out that a romantic getaway wasn't on the cards for the loved-up pair this Valentine's Day and instead they enjoyed a low-key day together.
‘Harry and Meghan are together at Kensington Palace […] She and Harry [stayed] in for Valentine’s.’
No word on whether they ordered Deliveroo and watched Netflix, though.
Has Meghan Markle met the Queen?
Meghan said she felt honoured 'to be able to meet her through [Harry's] lens not just through honour and respect as the monarch [...] but the love he feels for his grandmother,' before describing the Queen as 'an incredible woman.'
When will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married?
In a statement, they confirmed they would wed in Spring 2018.
How did Harry and Meghan meet?
They are thought to have met through mutual friends at members-only club Soho House last summer.
They were introduced 'by a mutual friend' - though just who that friend was remains a secret. 'It was definitely a set up,' Meghan laughed when asked about their first meeting, which proved so successful that her and Harry set a second date for the following day.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship timeline
As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement after 15 months of dating, we trace every event in their relationship so far...
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.
They were introduced by mutual friend Markus Anderson, who is the director of Soho House.
In October 2016, the Express became the first newspaper to publish news that Prince Harry had a new girlfriend.
On November 8th 2016, Kensington Palace released an unprecedented statement which referring to Markle as Harry's girlfriend for the first time.
In the statement, Prince Harry condemned the 'wave of abuse and harrassment' faced by Markle, saying that he was 'worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.'
'It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,' the statement continued.
The couple were papped together for the first time in December 2016, shopping for a Christmas tree in London at the Pines and Needles store.
Later that week, they were seen on London's West End, catching a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
In February, Prince Harry wore a his 'n' hers bracelet on the cover of Town & Country magazine, just weeks after Markle was pictured wearing the same one on Instagram.
In March 2017, Meghan joined Prince Harry in the Caribbean for the wedding of his friend's Tom 'Skippy' Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young.
It was the first time that Markle accompanied Harry to a wedding, marking another milestone occasion for the couple.
The first public event attended by the couple was the polo at Coworth Park in May 2017.
Later in May, Markle attended the party portion of Pippa Middleton's wedding to James Middelton.
Prince Harry was seen driving her to the event after the church ceremony.
The couple made their first official public appearance in September, when Markle attended the opening of Prince Harry's Invictus Games.
Meghan wore a maroon midi dress with a pleated chiffon skirt by one of her favourite Canadian brands Aritzia.
She teamed it with a matching burgundy biker jacket by Mackage.
Although Prince Harry was sat next to First Lady Melania Trump at the event, rather than his girlfriend, she was only seated a few rows behind him.
The couple were photographed together the following day at the wheelchair tennis.
Much was made of Markle's choice of outfit: ripped jeans and a white blouse called 'The Husband'.
The couple 'broke with royal protocol' by holding hands and appearing affectionate while at the Invictus Games.
Prince Harry reportedly spent time with Meghan's mother Doria while at the Games too.
The couple indulged in some PDA at the closing ceremony.
Prince Harry was photographed kissing Meghan.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Meghan referred to Harry as her boyfriend numerous times, saying: '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 understand is that this is our time.'
In late September 2017, it was reported that Meghan had met the Queen, prompting speculation that the relationship was getting serious.
In early November 2017, it was reported that Meghan Markle was leaving Suits after seven series.
In mid-November 2017, bookies suspending betting on an impending royal engagement, as speculation grew that an announcement was about to be made.
On November 27th 2017, Prince Charles announced the engagement of his younger son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after 15 months of dating.
The couple later appeared at a photocall, with Markle wearing a white dress coat by Canadian brand Line The Label. The website has subsequently crashed.
The engagement ring, by Cleave and Company, was reportedly designed by Prince Harry himself, using two stones that belonged to Princess Diana.
When asked by waiting photographers if the proposal was romantic, Harry joked 'of course!'
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