How Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle: Over roast chicken

LONDON - Prince Harry revealed Monday that he proposed to US actress Meghan Markle over roast chicken, and said she would be "unbelievably good" at her new royal role despite its pressures.

The couple said they were enjoying "a cosy night" at home in his cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace earlier this month - "trying to roast a chicken" - when he got down on one knee.

"She didn't even let me finish, she said, 'can I say yes? can I say yes?' and then there were hugs," Harry said in the couple's first interview since the announcement of their engagement earlier Monday.

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They revealed they knew little about each other when they were set up on a "blind date" by a mutual friend.

Harry said he had never heard of Markle, while the actress added she was largely ignorant about the British royal family and just asked of their friend, "is he nice?" The date went so well they immediately met up again before going camping together for five days in Botswana just a few weeks later.

"Then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure we had a chance to get to know each other," Prince Harry said.

Britain's Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle

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    Britain's Prince Harry is to marry his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle early next year it was announced Monday, with the Queen leading a chorus of approval and best wishes for the couple who got engaged in secret earlier this month.

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    "His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018," Clarence House, Prince Charles's office, said a statement.

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    The couple's engagement was sealed in London and the prince then informed his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, close members of the royal family and had also sought the blessing of Markle's parents.

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    Britain's Prince Harry and his soon-to-be wife, American actress Meghan Markle.

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    The couple will live at Nottingham Cottage in London's Kensington Palace, where his brother William and his pregnant wife Kate live with their two children.

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    Harry's 36-year-old bride-to-be is best known for her role as a lawyer in the hit television show "Suits".

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    Reports that Markle, who is expected to become a duchess, was moving her two dogs -- Guy and Bogart -- to London further fuelled rumours of the first royal wedding since William and Kate in 2011.

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    The actress's parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland said in a statement they were "incredibly happy" and wished the couple "a lifetime of happiness."

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    "Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person," they said. "To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents."

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    Prince Harry revealed Monday that he proposed to US actress Meghan Markle over roast chicken, and said she would be "unbelievably good" at her new royal role despite its pressures.

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    The couple said they were enjoying "a cosy night" at home in his cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace earlier this month - "trying to roast a chicken" - when he got down on one knee.

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    "She didn't even let me finish, she said, 'can I say yes? can I say yes?' and then there were hugs," Harry said in the couple's first interview since the announcement of their engagement earlier Monday.

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    They revealed they knew little about each other when they were set up on a "blind date" by a mutual friend.

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    Harry said he had never heard of Markle, while the actress added she was largely ignorant about the British royal family and just asked of their friend, "is he nice?" The date went so well they immediately met up again before going camping together for five days in Botswana just a few weeks later.

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    "Then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure we had a chance to get to know each other," Prince Harry said.

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    They spent the first few months after that staying in, cooking dinner and watching television to avoid any public attention.

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    Bookmakers have already started taking wedding related bets, with Westminster Abbey a firm favourite to host the event and fashion label Alexander McQueen favourite to design the dress.

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They spent the first few months after that staying in, cooking dinner and watching television to avoid any public attention.

They said the rest of the royals had been very supportive - and revealed Queen Elizabeth II's beloved corgis had immediately warmed to Markle, lying on her feet while they had tea.

Harry said he thought his late mother Diana, too, would have been "best friends" with Markle, adding: "They'd be thick as thieves, without question. I think she would be over the moon." Harry admitted he was nervous about bringing Markle into the royal family, given the pressures it entails and his mother's own difficulties in the role.

"You can have as many conversations as you want and try and prepare as much as possible but we were totally unprepared for what happened after that," the prince said of early media interest in their romance.

FOCUS ON ETHNICITY 'DISHEARTENING'

When the news broke of the relationship, Markle was headline news in Britain - prompting Harry's office to issue a warning about press "abuse and harassment".

"It's not easy for anybody. But at the end of the day she chooses me and I chose her and whatever we have to tackle together or individually, we'll always be together as a team," he said.

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Markle, who is mixed race, said the focus on her ethnicity was "disheartening", saying there were "a lot of mistruths" written about her but she refused to read it.

Her parents Thomas Markle, of Dutch and Irish extraction, and Doria Ragland, an African-American, said in a statement they were "incredibly happy." Harry has previously spoken of his own struggles with his royal role, and his desire to share the responsibility.

"All the stars were aligned... This beautiful woman literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life," he said.

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"The fact that she'll be really unbelievably good at the job part of it as well is obviously a huge relief to me, because she'll be able to deal with everything else that comes with it." Asked if they would have children, Harry said: "Not currently, no! One step at a time, and hopefully we'll start a family in the near future."

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Meghan Markle makes first official appearance as Prince Harry's girlfriend at Invictus Games

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    Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle made their first official public appearance together Monday, arriving hand in hand for a wheelchair tennis match at Toronto's Invictus Games.

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    Wearing a black "Invictus Games" polo shirt and jeans, the British royal and American actress Markle - also dressed down in jeans and a white shirt - enjoyed the sun together as they watched the action on court.

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    Since the 36-year-old "Suits" actress told Vanity Fair the couple are "in love," fans and the press have been eagerly awaiting an official appearance - with onlookers scrabbling to take pictures as they were escorted into Monday's event.

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    The pair looked happy and in love as they sat courtside.

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    The couple both attended the opening ceremony of the third Invictus Games - created by Prince Harry for disabled or wounded soldiers and veterans - on Saturday.

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    The pair were spotted lightly touching each other when seated at the match.

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    Prince Harry was also photographed whispering in Markle's ears on numerous occasions.

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    The couple left the venue hand-in-hand

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    Prince Harry launched the third Invictus Games on Saturday (Sept 23) for disabled or wounded soldiers and veterans as he made his first public appearance with his girlfriend Meghan Markle.

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    Wearing a brown leather jacket over her shoulders, the American actress was seated a few rows behind the British royal who took his place at the opening ceremony alongside US First Lady Melania Trump.

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    According to his schedule, Queen Elizabeth II's grandson plans to stay at Markle's Toronto home for the entire eight days of the Games.

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    Fans and the press have been eagerly awaiting the first official public appearance of the prince and Markle since the Suits actress, 36, told Vanity Fair the couple are “in love” in an interview published early this month.

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    British tabloid Daily Star, which broke the story of the pair dating, said the two might have met in May in Toronto, where Harry, 32, promoted the 2017 Invictus Games for injured servicemen. The 35-year-old American actress lives in the Canadian city as Suits is filmed there.

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    Markle, who also runs a lifestyle site called The Tig (named after a mispronunciation of a wine called Tignanello), has a million followers on Instagram and her social media account has been combed for clues to the royal romance.

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    The "Suits" actress has formally met Prince Charles, father of the prince, and Duchess Camilla, reports the Daily Mail.

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    On Sept. 5, Markle spoke to Vanity Fair about being "really happy and in love" with the prince. She confirmed that they first met in July 2016 and wanted to keep their relationship private.

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    In December 2016, Queen Elizabeth II expressed approval for the actress, reported Us Weekly.

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    Markle has also been acquainted with Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte in January 2017, while the prince met his girlfriend's father in the same month.

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    The actress plays a paralegal in the US drama, Suits

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    Markle told Vanity Fair that she and the prince dated for months before going public about their relationship last year.

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    "We're a couple. We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time," she said.

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    "This is for us. It's part of what makes it so special, that it's just ours. But we're happy. Personally, I love a great love story."

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    "We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people's perception," she added, although it was actually four months later, in November, that Prince Harry confirmed the relationship.

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    "Nothing about me changed. I'm still the same person that I am, and I've never defined myself by my relationship."

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    "Right out of the gate, it was surprising the way things changed. But I still have this support system all around me and, of course, my boyfriend's support," she said. A grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and the second son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Harry is fifth in line to the throne.

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