Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially announced that they’re engaged, with plans to marry in the Spring of next year. Queen Elizabeth says she's "delighted for the couple." The engagement is a break from tradition since Meghan is a divorced American, but she's not the first Royal who's on her second marriage. Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, is also divorced.
36-year-old Meghan is 3 years older than Harry. She recently quit her job on the TV show "Suits" as she prepares to move to London. The couple says they fell in love in a secret romance conducted in their “cozy” cottage. They then saw each other every two weeks during their 16-month relationship.
Prince Harry said, "The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredible quickly was confirmation to me that all the stars have aligned and everything was just perfect. This beautiful woman just tripped and fell into my life. We’re a fantastic team, we know we are and over time we hope to have as much impact as possible.”
Prince Harry says he got permission from both his girlfriend’s parents, before popping the question last month, over a roasted chicken dinner. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a mutual friend to thank for their royal romance. They were set up on a blind date last summer. Their initial first date was quickly followed by two back-to-back dates in London. Harry said, “And then it was I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana, and we camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.”
Meghan admitted that she didn’t know much about the royal before their blind date. She said, “Because I’m from the States, you don’t grow up with the same understanding of the royal family. And so while I now understand veryclearly there’s a global interest there, I didn’t know much about him. And so the only thing that I had asked her when said she wanted to set us up was – I had one question, I said, ‘Well, is he nice?’ Because if he wasn’t kind it just didn’t – it didn’t seem like it would make sense.”
Harry said he didn’t know of Meghan until they met, and he had never seen an episode of her TV show, “Suits.” He said, “I’d never even heard about her until this friend said, ‘Meghan Markle,’ and I was like, ‘Okay, give me a bit of background.”
He said, “I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her and there she was sitting there. I was like, ‘Okay, well I’m going to have to really up my game here. And sit down and make sure I’ve got a good chat.’”