Friday 20 September 2019

'We're a fantastic team' - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle give their first interview as an engaged couple

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have given their first interview since their engagement was announced today.

Speaking to the BBC's Mishal Husain, the royal couple appeared at ease with each other, at times even finishing each other's sentences.

The pair, whose wedding will take place next spring, revealed they met on a blind date after being introduced by a mutual friend.

Harry said he had "never even heard" of the actress but he was "beautifully surprised" when they met.

The couple went on two back-to-back dates in London before they embarked on a long-distance relationship.

Megan said the couple made a conscious choice to make the relationship work despite the fact that they were living in two different time zones.

"Very early on when we realised we were going to commit to each other that we knew we had to invest the time and the energy to make that happen," said Meghan.

The Suits star said that she "did not have any understanding" of what the media scrutiny on the relationship would be like.

"I've never been part of tabloid culture, I've never been part of pop culture... I think we were just hit so hard at the beginning with mis-truths," she said.

Meghan, whose mother is African-American and father is Dutch-Irish, has come under attack from the British press in what Harry described as "racial undertones" in articles published on the actress.

But when asked today about some of the negative press reaction, Meghan said she hasn't let it bother her.

“At the end of the day I am proud of who I am and where I have come from and we have never put any focus on that, we have just focused on who we are as a couple.”

Speaking of the night Harry proposed in Kensington Palace, the couple said it was “a standard typical night in for us” while they were roasting a chicken for dinner.

Meghan said it was “just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee... I could barely let you finish proposing. I said ‘can I say yes now?’”

Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

“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," said Harry.

Speaking of the engagement ring, Harry revealed that he kept his mother close to his heart when designing it.

“The ring is yellow gold because that’s [Meghan's] favourite, and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewellery collection to make sure that she’s with us on this - on this crazy journey together,” Harry said.

When asked about the early stages of their relationship, the couple admitted that they did things "in reverse", choosing to spend time at home, instead of heading out on dates.

"We've had to reverse the process, cosy nights in in front of the television," said Harry.

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle arrive to pose for photographs in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle arrive to pose for photographs in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement

"It's made us a hell of a lot closer in a shorter space of time.

"If anyone at home is listening maybe slow down on the dates and spend a lot of time at home," Harry joked.

The couple then spoke about being introduced to each other's families and Meghan said that meeting the Queen had been "incredible".

“To be able to meet her through his lens, not just with his honour and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother, all of those layers have been so important for me,” she said.

Harry said that Megan even got the seal of approval from the Queen's corgis.

"The corgis took to you straight away. I spent the last 33 years being barked at... this one walks in and absolutely nothing" said Harry.

Harry revealed that his mother and Meghan would have been “as thick as thieves” if they had met.

“Oh they'd be thick as thieves, without question, I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, you know so excited for me.

“You know it is days like today when I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news.

“But you know with the ring and with everything else that's going on I'm sure she’s…”

Meghan finished his sentence by saying: “She’s with us.”

Harry agreed and continued: “I’m sure she's with us yeah, you know, jumping up and down somewhere else.”

The couple revealed that Prince Charles, William and Kate have all made Meghan feel welcome.

"William was longing to meet her and so was Catherine. Catherine has been absolutely amazing, as has William. And my father as well.

"The family together have been absolutely, you know, a solid support and my grandparents as well have been wonderful throughout this whole process."

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