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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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 relationship timeline - Grazia
So when did the future Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were introduced by a mutual friend in July 2016, originally thought to be Markus Anderson (also the director of Soho house) but who was later confirmed to be Violet von Westenholz. Meghan said in an interview that before she met the Harry she didn't know much about him 'the only thing that I had asked [our mutual friend] was, 'Well is he nice?'. According to Harry he knew Meghan was The One from 'the very first time we met.' after only two dates Harry asked Meghan to accompany him on a trip to Botswana.
In October 2016 that the Express became the first newspaper to publish news that Prince Harry had a new girlfriend. However just a month later, Kensington Palace released a statement condemning the 'wave of abuse and harassment' faced by Meghan. The unprecedented statement, which referred to Meghan as Harry's girlfriend for the first time, emphasized that Prince Harry was 'worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.' It continued 'It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.' The palace were also forced to address speculation that Prince William was unhappy with Harry for confirming the relationship too soon, stating 'The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him.'
Early in December 2017 Meghan was confirmed as the most Googled actress of 2016. In the same month, the couple were photographed together for the first time in London, shopping for a Christmas tree at the Pines and Needles store and attending a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. By January 2017 a source told US weekly that Harry had introduced Meghan to Kate and Prince Charlotte and that the 'meeting went well'. Meanwhile a source told The Sun that Meghan had 'virtually moved in' with Prince Harry to his cottage on the Kensington Palace estate.
By March things were openly getting pretty serious between the two: Meghan accompanied Harry to Jamaica for a wedding for the first time (his friend's Tom 'Skippy' Inskip to Lara Hughes-Young). On April the 7th Meghan announced that she was closing down her lifestyle blog The Tig writing 'What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You've made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy.' In May, Meghan and Harry attended their first public event together at the Polo in Coworth Park (where they also engaged in some PDA). Later in May Prince Harry was seen driving Meghan to the reception of Pippa Middleton and James Matthew's wedding.
Welcome to Meghan the style Icon: at the opening of Prince Harry's Invictus Games in September Meghan wore a maroon midi dress with a pleated chiffon skirt by one of her favourite Canadian brands, Aritzia with a burgundy biker jacket by Mackage. The next day the couple were photographed sitting together at the wheelchair tennis and 'broke with royal protocol' by holding hands and kissing at the closing ceremony. On the 5th of September In an interview with Vanity Fair, Meghan stated: '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.'
Late 2017 we saw the end of everyone's favourite legal powerhouse Rachel Zane (sob). In November 2017, shortly after Meghan met the Queen, the actress was reported to be leaving her role in Suits after seven seasons.
After months of speculation, Prince Charles announced the engagement of his younger son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after 15 months of dating On November 27th 2017 . The engagement ring, said to be designed by Harry, is made of two stones that belonged to Princess Diana. The couple later appeared at a photocall, with Markle wearing a white dress coat by Canadian brand Line The Label (whose website subsequently crashed). When asked by waiting photographers if the proposal was romantic, Harry joked 'of course!' Speaking about his late mother, Princess Diana, Harry said 'I think they'd be thick as thieves. She would be over the moon, jumping up and down, so excited for me... It's days like today when I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news. With the ring, I'm sure she's with us, jumping up and down somewhere else.' it was announced that the wedding would take place on May the 19th, 2018.
In December 2017 Meghan, Harry, Kate and William were photographed together attending the Christmas service at Sandringham. Pictures of the two couples earned them the title 'The Fab Four'. Meanwhile in the following months Meghan earned a reputation for breaking royal protocol on official visits by hugging fans of the couple and kissing them on the cheek.
In February 2018, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle had their first royal engagement together for the Royal Foundation Forum with Prince Harry and Prince William. Harry stated of the two couples 'We have different opinions and they work really well [together]. Working as family does have its challenges; of course it does. The fact that everybody is laughing shows they know exactly what's it like… But we are stuck together for the rest of our lives.'
In the lead-up to the wedding it was confirmed 2,640 people would be invited to the grounds of Windsor Palace to watch the royal wedding. Photos of Meghan and Harry's wedding invitations were released, bearing Harry's legal name 'Henry'. Meghan and Harry made a number of public appearances together including to the Invictus game tryouts in April and attend the Queen's birthday at the Royal Albert Hall. Meghan's final episode of Suits is also aired, marking the official end of her acting career.
On May the 14th, three days before the wedding Meghan's father, Thomas Markle sr. who was confirmed to walk Meghan down the aisle pulled out, following an embarrassing incident in which he staged paid paparazzi photos. Thomas Markle later suffered a heart attack, and his son Thomas Markle Jr. penned an unflattering open letter to Harry criticizing Meghan and encouraging him to pull out of the wedding. The day before the wedding, Kensington Palace announced Prince Charles would walk Meghan down the aisle, stating 'The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.'
Meghan and Harry wed on the 19th of May for a combined audience of 11.5 million people who tuned in to watch the ceremony. Meghan's gown was made by Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of the fashion house Givenchy which she later changed for a silk crepe dress by Stella McCartney. Her mother Doria Ragland attended the ceremony along with a host of celebrities including Meghan's former Suits cast and her close friends, George and Amal Clooney.
Throughout May of 2018 Harry and Meghan made their first official appearances as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. For her inaugural attendance to the Trooping of the Colour Meghan wore an off-the-shoulder dress, reportedly breaking royal protocal. In the following months the newlyweds made a number of public appearances including to Ireland to meet the country's officials. They also took a rumoured trip to visit George and Amal Clooney in Lake Como.
Speculation began during Princess Eugenie's wedding that Meghan was pregnant owing to her loose coat. The rumours were confirmed when Kensington Palace announced on the 15th of October 2018 that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were expecting a child. The announcement also coincided with the first day of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's official tour.
In October Meghan and Harry departed for their 16-day Autumn royal tour visiting Australia, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand (obviously featuring some serious style moments from the newly-appointed Duchess of Sussex/Style). By November, sources were telling news outlets that the couple were preparing to move to Frogmore cottage in Windsor in 2019. The couple spent the anniversary of their engagement, November the 27th apart, due to Harry being in Zambia.
As Meghan and Harry embarked on life as newlyweds there was less plainsailing, as controversy continued to follow closely on their heels. Meghan's family have continued to be the subject of unflattering media headlines and Thomas Markle gave interviews to the media about his distanced relationship with his daughter. Meanwhile Samantha Markle (Meghan's half sister, who also claims to be penning a book about the Duchess) was put on a fixated persons list after showing up at Kensington palace in January. Rumours of a froideur between Meghan and Kate were sparked shortly after Meghan and Harry's nuptials by reports that Meghan reduced Kate 'to tears' during challenging dress fittings with Princess Charlotte. In February, Thomas Markle leaks a handwritten letter from Meghan to the media in response to friends of the Duchess defending her in an interview and following numerous staff changes, rumours arise that Meghan and Harry's staff refer to Meghan by the nickname 'The difficult Duchess'.
In March 2019 it was confirmed that the Sussex and Cambridge's 'royal households' will split, meaning the couples will no longer share staff. Royal spokespersons confirm that Kate and William's staff team will stay in Kensington Palace while Meghan and Harry's staff will be based in Buckingham Palace, reflecting the location of their new residence of Frogmore cottage in Windsor. Representatives are quick to confirm this is a planned move, and not due to rumors of growing tensions between the couples.
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