It's almost like a Disney movie; Prince Harry proposed to actress Meghan Markle, and she said, "Yes!"
Aftet 16 months of dating, and lots and lots of speculating, Prince Harry proposed to American actress Meghan Markle. As both Prince William and Prince Harry grew up, royal watchers (and everyone else on the planet) noticed that the House of Windsor gently moved from being a bit anachronistic to a modern royal family. After all, Prince William married a commoner, Kate Middleton--at one point that would have never, ever, ever been allowed. Now, Prince Harry is marrying an American. Who is (or was) an actress and divorced. Love and common sense has prevailed. They made their annoucement in the Sunken Gardens in Kensington Palace--one of Princess Diana's favorite places.
When a member of the press asked Prince Harry when he knew that Meghan was the one, he smiled and said, "The very first time we met."
Back in 1937, Edward VIII fell in love with American socialite Wallis Simpson, he abdicated the throne in order to marry her. During the photocall, the couple showed off Meghan's engagement ring. The center diamond is from Botswana; a country very close to Prince Harry's heart. The two side diamonds are from Princess Diana's collection.
Wowza! If you're wondering what Meghan was wearing---her white coat is from Line the Label. The Canadian retailer's site keeps crashing, if you want to check it out, it might be a tad frustrating getting through. Markle first wore the trench at the Invictus Games. Under the trench, she wore a dark green dress from Parosh.
Prince Harry is fifth in line at present. If Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have more children, he'll be pushed back even further. On gets the feeling that he'd be okay with that.
A statement issued from Clarence House (also on Twitter---very modern!) stated that the wedding will be held next spring. In a sea of bad news, it's wonderful to hear about a royal engagement, it's wonderful to know that love triumphs all. And here's a video from a very happy and proud father, Prince Charles.
However, Markle will now have to learn all sorts of arcane etiquette rules. If she wasn't hounded by the paps before, or dissected for what she shopped, wore and how she wore it, that will now go up to 11. With a 24-hour news cycle, every movement they make will be interpreted and re-interpreted.
Sorry for adding a bit of cold water on this happy news. It's really lovely to know that love can conquer anything...except a 24-hour news cycle.
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