How Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle

In an adorable interview, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared how they fell in love and the perfect way Prince Harry popped the question.

It's official - there will be a royal wedding in 2018 following the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement.

After an announcement by Kensington Palace, the pair gave their first interview as a couple revealing all the details of the romantic proposal, which Meghan says was an “amazing surprise”.

“It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee,” she told BBC News.

Prince Harry popped the question at his London home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace while the pair were enjoying a cozy night in.

“It happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month, here at our cottage; just a standard typical night for us…trying to roast a chicken,” Prince Harry said.

While the proposal caught Meghan off guard, she didn’t hesitate in saying yes immediately.

“She didn’t even let me finish. She said, ‘Can I say yes? Can I say yes?’ and then there were hugs and I had the ring in my fingers and I was like, ‘Can I — can I give you the ring?’ She goes, ‘Oh yes the ring’,” he said.

The stunning ring was designed by Prince Harry himself and includes two diamonds that belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana.

"The diamonds are from my mother's jewellery collection to make sure she is with us on this crazy journey together," he said.

The beautifully cut diamonds are mounted on a yellow gold band and sit on either side of a larger diamond that Prince Harry got from Botswana – a special place to Prince Harry and where the pair have shared some special moments together.

Meghan said the ring was “beautiful” and showed Prince Harry’s “thoughtfulness” with the inclusion of his mother’s diamonds.

“Obviously not being able to meet his mum, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us,” she said.

“And I think in being able to meet his aunts and...different people who were so important to his mum, I’m able to, in some way, know a part of her through them and of course through him.

“And it’s incredibly special. And you know to be able to have this, which sort of links where you come from and Botswana, which is important to us…it’s perfect.”

Prince Harry said that Meghan and his mum would have been “thick as thieves” had they had the opportunity to know each other.

“I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, you know so excited for me,” he said.

“It’s days like today when I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news but … I’m sure she’s with us.”

The couple, who have been together for a year and a half, revealed they were introduced by a mutual friend who had set up a blind date and knew very little about one another.

Prince Harry said he was “beautifully surprised” when he saw Meghan for the first time, saying he had not heard of the actress or watched her popular TV series Suits.

“I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her. There she was sitting there and I was like, ‘OK, well I’m going to have to up my game’,” he said.

Meghan was equally pleasantly surprised by meeting Prince Harry. The pair’s relationship grew very quickly following their first date and they soon spent five days together out of the public eye in the southern African nation of Botswana.

“We camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic,” he said.

“Then, we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other.”

Meghan, 36, has been introduced to members of the royal family, including the Queen who has given the couple her blessing.

Once married, Meghan will take on the official royal title of Her Royal Highness, Princess Henry of Wales. Because she is not of royal blood, she will not be named Princess Meghan.

Prince Harry, 33, is currently fifth-in-line to the British throne.

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