Prince harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement and are to marry in the spring.
The prince said he was “thrilled” to be marrying the US actor after an 18-month romance, and the couple presented themselves to the world with a photo-call and 20-minute television interview at Kensington Palace.
In the TV interview, conducted by Mishal Husain, they revealed how the prince proposed to his future bride at his Nottingham Cottage home in the grounds of Kensington Palace on what was “a standard typical night in for us” while they were roasting a chicken for dinner.
In revealing relationship with mixed-race US actor, the prince highlighted his distaste for the ‘racial undertones’ of British press.
Markle 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?’”
Meghan ,whose mother is African American and father is white, also described as “disheartening” and “discriminatory” some of the media coverage she received as Prince Harry’s girlfriend because it centered on her racial background.
Markle admitted that even though she had starred in TV drama Suits, the media coverage had been a learning curve and said, “I did not have any understanding of what it would be like.”
Harry declined to give details about the engagement, but joked: ‘Of course it was romantic.’
The announcement of their engagement was made by Clarence House on behalf of Prince Charles earlier on Monday. Later, the Prince of Wales, speaking for himself and the Duchess of Cornwall, said: “We’re both thrilled. We hope they’ll be very happy indeed.”
Prince Harry said he designed her engagement ring himself using a stone sourced from Botswana, where the couple went camping in the first weeks of their relationship, and two smaller gems from Princess Diana’s jewellery collection “to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together”.