Eschewing flashy destinations and showy stunts, Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle in a really sweet way – by getting down on one knee while they were cooking roast chicken at home.
Meghan also revealed – shockingly – that she split her two dogs up when she moved over to the UK (!), in what is the couple’s first interview since announcing their engagement this morning.
Clarence House announced the engagement with a statement online, adding that Harry sought permission from both the Queen and Meghan’s parents before proposing.
‘It was such an amazing surprise,’ Meghan told the BBC’s Mishal Hussain. ‘It was so sweet, so natural and very romantic. He got on one knee.’
Asked if she said yes right away, she replied: ‘Oh yes, I barely let you [Harry] finish proposing. I was like, “Can I say yes now?”‘
And Harry added: ‘Yes, and I had the ring in my finger and was like, “can I give you the ring now?”
‘The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was the perfect indication for me that the stars were aligned. This beautiful woman fell into my life, and I fell into her life.’
The couple told Hussain that they were set up by a mutual friend, whom they did not name. Meghan said her first question for the friend was, ‘is he kind?’
After they’d been dating for a couple of months, Harry apparently ‘sat down on the sofa’ with Meghan for some ‘frank conversations’, in which he told her that what she was getting into was ‘a big deal’.
But Meghan said she didn’t see giving up her job and home as a sacrifice, but rather as the start of ‘a new chapter’ in her life.
Meghan also spoke publicly for the first time about the ‘disheartening’ press coverage at the start of their relationship that focused on her race.
‘It’s a shame that that is the climate in this world, to focus so much on that or that would be discriminatory in that sense,’ she said.
‘But you know, at the end of the day, I’m really just proud of who I am and where I come from, and we have never put any focus on that – we’ve just focused on who we are as a couple.
‘So when you take all of those extra layers away and all of that noise, I think it makes it really easy to just enjoy being together and tune all of the rest of that out.’
Asked about her dogs, Meghan said that she’d had two dogs for a long time – but they’re now living apart. (Sniff.)
‘I have two dogs that I’ve had for quite a long time – my rescue pups,’ she said. ‘One is now staying with very close friends, and the other – the little guy – is here in the UK with us.’
Mishal also asked them the same question every mum/aunt/random person asks every newly-engaged couple: ‘Children?’
And Harry and Meghan gave exactly the same answer that every engaged or newly-married couple will recognise: ‘Not currently no… Of course, one step at a time, and we’ll start a family in the near future.’
Harry also revealed how he designed Meghan’s incredible ring: ‘The ring is obviously yellow gold, because that’s her favourite, and the main stone I sourced from Botswana.
‘The little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewellery collection – to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together.’
Asked what his mother, Princess Diana, would think about Meghan and the engagement, Harry replied: ‘They’d be thick as thieves. She’d be over the moon jumping up and down, so excited for me. She’d have been best friends with Meghan.
‘It’s days like today that I really miss having her around and being able to share the happy news with her.
‘But with the ring and everything else going on, I’m sure she’s with us, jumping up and down somewhere else.’