We love weddings, especially a royal one. Just hours after it was announced that our favourite Prince (sorry Will!) is engaged to Meghan Markle, his 36-year-old actress-girlfriend of one year, the happy couple made a brief appearance in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace to speak to reporters. Harry, 33, told the media that he knew Meghan was “the one” from “the very first time we met” while Meghan said that she was “so very happy”.
She also flashed her whopper of an engagement ring which, according to a statement from Kensington Palace, was designed by Harry. It has a gold band and features a large diamond from Botswana, a country that holds special significance for the couple as they had spent time there together over the past year, as well as two smaller outer diamonds from the personal collection of the late Princess Diana, Harry’s mum.
It was also announced that Harry and Meghan will marry in spring 2018 and live at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, where Harry currently lives.
It’s crazy to think that just a few decades ago, their union could have been forbidden by the royal family. Meghan is biracial (her father is Caucasian and her mum, African American) and a divorcee (she split from film producer Trevor Engelson in 2103 after two years of marriage). She is also an actress (she stars in Suits), a blogger (she ran her own lifestyle blog Tig,) and, well, American.
Their prince-and-commoner narrative caused so much fuss in the British media that Prince Harry, just a few months after he started dating Meghan, released a rare statement condemning not just the “wave of abuse and harassment” his girlfriend had endured but also the “racial undertones of comment pieces” and the “outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”
But it seems their love will have a fairy-tale ending now. But in case you’re wondering, Meghan will not become a princess as only daughters of royals can claim such status but since Prince Harry will most likely be made a duke, Meghan will thus become a duchess.