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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Engagement: Everything You Need To Know

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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

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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?

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Er, no.

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

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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

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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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  • Priyanka Chopra
  • Serena Williams
  • Princess Charlotte
  • Lindsay Roth

When did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make their first appearance as a couple?

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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.

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