‘The View’s’ Meghan McCain Shares the Story of Her Husband’s Unique Proposal

Like her co-hosts, Meghan McCain of The View is currently appearing on the show via video as she self-quarantines at home with husband Ben Domenech. Recently announcing that she’s pregnant, the television panelist is remaining on lockdown during the coronavirus crisis in the spirit of being extra cautious.

Married since 2017, McCain has previously spoken on the underlying circumstances surrounding her engagement to Domenech. The View star recently shared details of how her husband sped up their walk down the aisle.

Meghan McCain of 'The View'
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Meghan McCain moves up the wedding date

McCain and Domenech tied the knot on November 21, 2017, at the McCain family lodge in Sedona, Arizona. The couple’s engagement was especially brief due to the cancer diagnosis of McCain’s father, the late Republican Senator John McCain.

“I felt like a nuclear bomb went off in my life. I was a mess. I was barely functioning,” The View co-host shared when she learned of her father’s diagnosis, as reported by People. With the Senator’s health on a timetable, the couple made his presence at their vows a priority.

“We were originally going to elope before everything happened with my dad, but obviously all these things have taken on new meaning,” McCain told People in November 2017. “We pushed everything up. My dad is doing really well right now, but it’s a deeply unpredictable cancer. You’re really just living scan to scan. I wanted to make sure that he was — that we were all — there. Why wait?”

‘The View’ star recalls her husband’s hospital proposal

In a conversation with the End Well Foundation in December, McCain spoke of her father’s illness and how she struggled with his death. The View co-host also recounted how she and Domenech suddenly became engaged while at one of her dad’s hospital visits shortly after finding out about his diagnosis.

“We went in [to the Mayo Clinic] and they said he had something called glioblastoma and they showed us a graph of the mortality rate and
what it means and I just, I reacted like a child,” McCain revealed. “I mean, I was just screaming and yelling and screaming at him and screaming at the doctors and it was just as anyone who knows it was such a shock.”

Despite the traumatic recollection, McCain added, “And I ended up getting engaged at Mayo Clinic for whatever it’s worth.” The television personality went on to explain that the same day she was having this life-changing discussion with her father’s physician, Domenech proposed.

“I started screaming ‘my dad’s never gonna blanking see me get married.
And he’s never going to see me have kids’ and my now husband said ‘Yes, he will,’ ” McCain shared. “Which is not how you picture getting engaged, but all right.”

Meghan McCain’s ‘view’ on marriage today

While The View panelist recognizes that her husband’s proposal was far from typical, she sees the beauty and romance in Domenech’s decisive action. McCain clearly feels a great void after her father’s death in August 2018, yet is grateful for what she’s gained through the entire process.

“I like, probably wouldn’t have gotten married if my dad weren’t dying,” she said. “I didn’t really believe in it. Now I’m like… getting married is wonderful if you find the right person. I know before I was like, marriage
isn’t for me, whatever. I want to have kids. I didn’t want to have kids till my dad died. I didn’t believe in that either.”

Now with the couple expecting their first child, McCain has a new view on life in general after the loss of her dad. “Now I believe in the cycle of life in a totally different way,” she reflected. “And I just think that there’s so much
beauty everywhere and there’s so much kindness and compassion.”