It’s finally happening! Hours after announcing their engagement, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared together at Kensington Palace Monday afternoon to pose for official photos. They royal pair held their official meet-and-greet in Sunken Gardens, one of Harry's mother Princess Diana's favorite places.
As the world took a break to breathe into a brown paper bag, details of their engagement and wedding began to leak out. The pair also sat down for a dishy interview with the BBC in which they shared juicy details about their romance and Harry’s proposal.
- When asked how they felt at the meet-and-greet, Harry said simply, "Thrilled. Very glad it's not raining!" Markle then added: "So happy."
- Harry was also asked when he knew she was one, and he replied: "The very first time we met."
- The pair also offered a glimpse of Markle's gorgeous diamond engagement ring, which Harry designed himself, using a diamond from Botswana and two diamonds that belonged to his late mother. They camped in Botswana for five days about a month after meeting each other through a mutual friend, making the gorgeous sparkler deeply meaningful for both of them.
HARRY AND MARKLE SHARE THEIR LOVE STORY
Harry and Markle appeared surprisingly open and engaged with the BBC for their first post-engagement interview. When pressed for deets on the big ask, Markle said it happened at their Kensington Palace cottage when they were "trying to roast a chicken."
- "She didn't even let me finish," Harry said. "Then there were hugs and I had the ring in my finger and I was like can I give you the ring? She goes - oh yes the ring."
- The pair began dating in July of 2016. Harry described their romantic camp-out, shortly after a few whirlwind dates in London: "And then it was about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to join me in Botswana. And we camped out with each other, under the stars. She managed to come out there with me for five days, which was absolutely fantastic. And then we were really by ourselves."
MARKLE TO GIVE UP CAREER
Markle is reportedly leaving her long-running legal drama Suits behind for marriage.
- She shut down her lifestyle website Tig when their relationship heated up, a move many saw as a precursor to their engagement.
- The British monarchy, according to experts on all things royal, does not approve of royals who have official, non-philanthropic careers.
- "It would be groundbreaking if she were able to continue in her job," Sarika Bose, a professor at the University of British Columbia who closely follows the royal family, tells Moneyish. However, some say times are changing, and that Markle may be given more leeway in terms of her career choices.
Markle and Harry will marry in Spring of 2018.
- It will be the biggest royal wedding since Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011. (Harry is fifth in line for the throne). In a statement, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip said they were "delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness."
- While their story has a happy ending, it didn't start on a great note. Markle became the victim of seriously racist tabloid and troll blowback when their relationship went public. So much so, Harry was forced to issue an official statement on November 8th, 2016, telling press to back off.
- Markle took it in stride though, telling the BBC: “At the end of the day, I’m really proud of who I am and where I come from. We have never put any focus on that. We’ve just focused on who we are as a couple. And so, when you take all those extra layers away and all of that noise, I think it makes it really easy to just enjoy being together and tune all of the rest of that out.”