Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said today he is ‘thrilled’ to be marrying the Suits star and knew she was ‘the one’ from ‘the first day we met’ as they posed in his mother’s favorite garden. Meghan, 36, also showed the world her engagement ring designed by Harry himself containing two diamonds from Princess Diana’s own personal collection set in a gold band. The royal looked nervous but happy and his fiancée stroked his arm lovingly as they spoke to reporters, who asked him: ‘When did you know she was the one?’ and he replied: ‘From the very first time we met’.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have appeared in public for the first time since announcing they will marry next year as the world glimpsed the American actress’ engagement ring.
He refused to say how he proposed saying: ‘That will come later’ but when asked it was romantic he said: ‘Of course it was’. The prince said he was ‘thrilled, over the moon’ adding: ‘Very glad it’s not raining as well.’ Meghan said she was ‘so happy’ before they wandered back into Kensington Palace beaming.
Meghan’s engagement ring’s two outer diamonds are from Diana’s own collection with a central diamond from Botswana – where they went on safari in September – all set with in gold band.
Poignantly the royal chose their first photocall in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, much loved by his late mother Diana. Harry and his brother William had white roses planted there in her memory when the 20th anniversary of her death fell in August.
Harry, 33, who revealed a year ago he had fallen for the actress after a four to six month secret relationship, proposed to Meghan, 36, in London earlier this month. The couple will appear together on national TV in the UK for the first time this evening to discuss their engagement and whirlwind relationship of 16 months. Kensington Palace said the prince designed Ms Markle’s engagement ring himself – using two stones which belong to his late mother. The two outside stones are diamonds from the personal collection of Diana, Princess of Wales.
The couple (pictured waving to crowds) will appear together on national TV in the UK for the first time this evening to discuss their engagement and whirlwind relationship of 16 months.
At the center is a diamond from Botswana, a country that holds special significance for Harry who has visited many times since he was a child and they went on safari in September. It is also a place the couple has spent time together over the last year and a half, Kensington Palace said. The band is made of gold and the ring was made by Cleave and Company, Court Jewelers and Medalists to Her Majesty The Queen.
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk away after posing for the media in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Harry, 33, who revealed a year ago he had fallen for the actress after a four to six month secret relationship, proposed to Meghan, 36, in London earlier this month. Royal protocol dictated that fifth in line to the throne Harry had to ask his grandmother the Queen for permission to marry and she agreed in the month where she celebrated her own 70th wedding anniversary.