Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Lie During Their Engagement Interview? They Got Secretly Engaged Months Earlier, Book Claims

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were secretly engaged two months before they officially announced it to the world, a new biography about the couple reveals. Back in 2017, during an interview following their engagement news, Prince Harry and Meghan shared the details of the proposal, but it appears they may have lied about Prince Harry’s proposal.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lie about their engagement?

During their engagement interview, the couple was asked about the details of Prince Harry’s proposal and it was all very romantic but rather ordinary, as they said they were cooking a chicken dinner.

During the November 2017 interview, when asked, “When did it happen, how did it happen?” of the proposal, the two exchanged a look. Prince Harry then explained, “It happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month, here at our cottage, just a standard typical night for us.”

“Just a cozy night, it was — what we were doing, just roasting chicken and having…,” Meghan started, with Harry interrupting, saying, “Roasting a chicken, trying to roast a chicken.”

Meghan continued, “Trying to roast a chicken and it just — just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee.”

“She didn’t even let me finish, she said ‘can I say yes, can I say yes’ and then were was hugs and I had the ring in my finger and I was like can I… can I give you the ring? She goes — oh yes, the ring,” Harry added.

He continued, “So, no it was… 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.”

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Prince Harry proposed to Meghan in Botswana, book claims

According to an excerpt from Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Royal Family published in The Times, authors Carolyn Durrand and Omid Scobie claim that the engagement actually happened months prior to that interview.

Prince Harry, the book’s authors claim, proposed to Meghan during their August 2017 trip to Botswana. A royal source told The Sun at the time, “Who knows what will happen when they’re watching a sensational African sunset together? Maybe he’ll get down on one knee.”

Meghan had traveled to London to meet with Harry after filming her last episode of the show Suits and then they traveled to Botswana for their romantic holiday.

The book claims that the rift between Prince Harry and Prince William began “shortly before the couple became secretly engaged in August 2017,” though no further details of the engagement were published in the excerpt.

Fans aren’t all that surprised

While the book’s claim about their secret engagement might be shocking to some, not all fans found it that out of the ordinary.

One royal fan tweeted, “That is not very unusual for royals, honestly, to announce the engagement actually weeks or even longer after the actual event took place.”

“Agreed, given that once the news is out, they were going to have the world’s media all over them,” another Twitter user responded. “Anyone with their public profile would also have wanted that special time in their lives to belong to just them, to enjoy in private.”