Saturday 21 September 2019

She said 'yes' immediately - How laid-back Harry proposed to his bride-to-be

A cosy night cooking dinner in their cottage proved the perfect time for Harry to pop the question

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)
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

Prince Harry's proposal was equal parts laid-back and formal, with the romantic Prince getting down on one knee to propose to his love as the couple cooked dinner at their home in Nottingham Cottage.

Meghan Markle said "yes" immediately to the prince when he popped the question.

The proposal happened at the cottage on a cosy night while the couple were roasting chicken, they said in an exclusive interview after their formal announcement earlier today.

Meghan called the proposal "sweet and natural and romantic", and admitted that she was even a little surprised.

Britain's Prince Harry stands with his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring whilst they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement.
Britain's Prince Harry will marry his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle early next year after the couple became engaged earlier this month, Clarence House announced on Monday. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry stands with his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring whilst they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement. Britain's Prince Harry will marry his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle early next year after the couple became engaged earlier this month, Clarence House announced on Monday. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Prince Harry had the ring to propose, however Meghan was quick to respond 'yes', prompting to Prince to ask her if he could finish.

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?’”

“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.

The couple met when they were introduced by a mutual friend who they didn't want to name to protect their privacy. They dated in London last July and "three or four weeks later" the couple went to Botswana for five days together where they camped out under the stars.

They admitted that the friend who introduced them was 'definitely' trying to set them up, not knowing much about the royal family however, Meghan only had one question for her friend which was 'Is he nice?'

Harry admitted he had never heard of Meghan before, and had never watched Suits, the legal drama Meghan has been a part in for seven years, however he said he was 'beautifully surprised' when he walked into the room to see her on their first date.

Harry presented Meghan with a ring which he designed himself, and in the interview he 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.

First glimpse of Meghan Markle's engagement ring

Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth and grandfather Prince Philip said they were "delighted" for their grandson and his bride-to-be, and "wish them every happiness".

His brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton released a statement saying: "We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together."

"All the stars aligned perfectly" said Harry, "we're a fantastic team".

Online Editors

Editors Choice

Also in this section