Well, we just had to come out of hiding when we heard of a royal engagement, didn’t we!?
On Monday 27th of November, Clarence House announced on Twitter the news we had been expecting – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were engaged! The proposal supposedly happened earlier in the month and the wedding is set to take place in May 2018. They seem to have followed all protocol, with the announcement being the same as that of William and Kate seven years ago.
How long have they been dating?
Glamorous actress Meghan, who played Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, was first rumoured to be dating Prince Harry in late October last year. The romance was confirmed in November after reports that Harry feared for her safety (awww!). Fast forward a year and here she is gearing up to become a real-life princess! I may
or may not be slightly jealous.
Prince Harry, being the little cutie that he is, designed the engagement ring himself. In a recent interview, he revealed that two stones from his mother’s jewellery collection are set around the main stone which he sourced from Botswana.
The wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where Harry was Christened. A statement from the royal palace said “Her Majesty The Queen has granted permission for the wedding to take place at the Chapel.” “The Royal Family will pay for the wedding.”
Traditionally, the top tier of British wedding cake is a fruit cake, because it lasts long enough to be served at the christening of the couple’s first child, but according to The Telegraph, Harry and Meghan want their wedding cake to be made of bananas! The reason behind it is super cute – hours after their romance was confirmed last year, the Suits actress posted a picture of two ‘cuddling’ bananas on her Instagram with the caption “Sleep tight xx”. This was the first public nod to their relationship and it seems they want to incorporate that into their big day.
The families on both sides seem delighted at the news, with Meghan’s parents saying “We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents. We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together”. When asked how he felt about Harry’s engagement, Prince William said he hopes this will stop his little brother from raiding his fridge! It is unclear whether the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was consulted on the choice of wedding date – depending on the exact date of the wedding and of her delivery, she will likely be one to two months postpartum!
Their Royal Titles
As it stands, Meghan is a U.S. citizen. She will become a British citizen, taking five years to complete the process, and she will be baptised and confirmed in the Church of England prior to the wedding. Traditionally, male members of the Royal family receive a title from the monarch on their wedding day, and many royal experts believe that the vacant title Duke of Sussex will be given to Harry. Charles Kidd, editor of Debrett’s Peerage & Baronetage has said “They’re quite limited in the titles that are available. The Duke of Sussex is the front-runner without any doubt.” As the marriages of the previous Duke of Sussex were considered unlawful, Meghan would be the first woman entitled to be called HRH The Duchess of Sussex.
The main question: Will we get a day off work?
Royal celebrations usually come with a public holiday for the Brits, but unfortunately it’s not going to happen this time (we can still have a little party though, right?). Prime Minister, Theresa May, has stated that there will not be a bank holiday for this Royal Wedding. It is believed that this is due to Harry’s low-ranking, as he is only 5th in line to the throne, soon to be 6th after the birth of William and Kate’s next child. The more low-key affair outside of Westminster Abbey also points to the day being a normal work day.
Our dreams of meeting Prince Harry and becoming a Princess have been shattered, but I for one can’t wait to watch the happy couple on their big day… providing it’s televised like Will and Kate’s wedding!