Britain’s Prince Harry proposed to his American girlfriend Meghan Markle over a roast chicken dinner and the sensational actress confirmed they will tie the knot next year.
The prince disclosed he fell for Markle— “the very first time we met”.
The 33-year-old described a homely and personal proposal, taking place over characteristically British meal of roast chicken at his cottage in the grounds of his family’s sprawling Kensington Palace.
In their first interview marking their engagement, the pair disclosed they were set up on a “blind date” in London in July last year. They promptly grew close, but tried to keep their relationship hush-hush.
When the news broke, they were “totally not ready” for the media interest, Harry said, adding: “It’s not easy for anyone.”
“But at the end of the day she chooses me and I choose her and whatever we have to handle together or independently, we’ll always be together as a team.”
Earlier, Markle said she was “so very happy” as she showed off her engagement ring, which included diamonds that belonged to the prince’s late mother Diana.
Markle, who is mixed-race, divorced and an outspoken feminist does not fit the mould of most British royals and she admitted some of the media coverage about her was “disheartening”.
But the prince’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II — whose beloved corgis have taken a shine to Markle — led the chorus of congratulations, saying she was “delighted for the couple”.
Harry has himself railed against the confines of royal life, recently admitting he came close to nervous breakdown in his 20s as he struggled to deal with the legacy of his mother’s death.
His father Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, said he was “very happy indeed” that Harry had found love, while his brother Prince William said he and his wife Kate were “very excited”.
The wedding is due to take place in the spring, and Harry designed the engagement ring himself, using two diamonds from Diana’s personal collection.