Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: Every Detail We Know About the Royal Engagement

It’s official! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged! The news, confirmed by the palace on Nov. 27, 2017, followed months of speculation and constant rumors swirling that Harry was close to asking for the actress’ hand in marriage.

After their PDA-filled weekend at the semi-final rounds of the Invictus Games in September 2017, it seemed like only a matter of time before we were looking forward to a royal wedding. Now that it’s on the horizon, a few details have emerged about the affair. Here’s what we know about their engagement and upcoming nuptials.

Love at first sight

The couple appeared in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace following the announcement, and reporters asked the prince about when he knew Markle was “the one.”

Harry smiled at his bride-to-be, then looked at the press and replied, “The very first time we met.”

Harry proposed in early November

Although the public only learned about their engagement on Nov. 27, Harry actually popped the question, and Markle happily accepted, in early November.

During an interview with BBC, the pair spoke about the proposal, which the Suits star called an “amazing surprise” and “very romantic.”

Harry designed the ring

Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement

Meghan Markle’s ring features diamonds that once belonged to Princess Diana. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Harry designed the ring for his lady with a center diamond from Botswana, which is a country where the couple spent time together early in their relationship. The other two diamonds that complete the setting belonged to the late Princess Diana.

“The little diamonds on either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together,” Harry revealed.

When the wedding will take place

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will reportedly wed in spring 2018. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

On the same day palace officials announced that Harry and Markle were engaged, they also informed the public that the royal wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May 2018.

According to the statement, further details of the exact wedding plans will be given in the coming months.

Where the couple will live

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Invictus Games

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will live at Nottingham Cottage. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

We also know where the pair will call home after saying “I do.”

Markle recently moved from Toronto to London and once she marries the prince, the two will reside in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

Second royal to wed American divorcee

Prince Harry is smiling and in a dark suit.

Prince Harry will be the second British royal to marry an American divorcee. | Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images

Many have brought up the fact that Markle is an American divorcee. But Prince Harry will not be the first English royal to wed a previously married woman from the U.S.

Edward VIII, who was Queen Elizabeth’s uncle, abdicated his throne in 1936 so he could marry a twice-divorced American socialite named Wallis Simpson. However, times have changed in the British monarch and Prince Harry has his grandmother’s blessing to wed Markle.

Reaction from other royals

 

In addition to the queen, others members of the royal family have said they are “thrilled” for Harry and Markle, including Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Bowles.  A spokesman for the palace said that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is “delighted” as well.

As for Prince William and Kate Middleton, they have also commented on the engagement saying, “We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”

Finally, Markle’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, released a statement wishing the couple “a lifetime of happiness.”

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