Admit it, you love a good fairytale romance. We certainly do. Afterall, it’s what we enjoy most about being jewelers–we have the opportunity to provide the extra sparkle for life’s happiest moments, often starting with the proposal and engagement.
Anyway, as you probably know, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially announced their engagement last week at Kensington Palace. A short time later, they shared their story in an interview with the BBC. It’s sweet, and we’ve included a close-up of the ring in case you missed it!
Having met through mutual friends in the summer of 2016, Meghan said, “It was definitely a set-up. It was a blind date. We met for a drink and then very quickly, we said, ‘Well what are we doing tomorrow? We should meet again.”
Harry added, “I never watched Suits, I never heard of Meghan before. I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her, and she was sitting there. I was like, ‘OK I really have to up my game here.'”
As with most celebrity engagements, everyone wants to know about the ring. The couple explained that the three-stone diamond engagement ring designed by Harry himself has a special connection with his late mother, Princess Diana.
“The main stone is from Botswana,” said Prince Harry, “and the little diamonds on either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection — to make sure she’s with us on this crazy journey together.” Meghan added, “It’s beautiful, and he designed it. It’s incredible.”
The 33-year-old prince said that he chose to have the diamonds set in 18-karat yellow gold, “because that’s [Meghan’s] favorite.” The ring was fabricated by Cleave and Company, official jewelers to Queen Elizabeth II.
The 2.50-carat center diamond was sourced from Botswana because Prince Harry had visited there many times as a child, and the couple had camped out there with each other under the stars on their first trip together.
The two smaller diamonds were once part of a brooch worn by Princess Diana, who tragically died in 1997 at the age of 36.
“I think everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Princess Diana’s stones] and obviously not being able to meet his mom, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us,” Meghan told the BBC. “It’s incredibly special to be able to have this [ring] which sort of links where [Harry comes] from and Botswana, which is important to us. It’s perfect.”
Prince Harry joked, “Make sure it stays on that finger.”
The couple revealed that Prince Harry’s marriage proposal took Meghan by surprise a few weeks ago at the prince’s family cottage. They were roasting a chicken during a cozy evening together, and then he went down on one knee. Meghan jumps in, “As a matter of fact I could barely let you finish proposing. I was like ‘can I say yes now?’”
Harry agrees, “She wouldn’t let me finish. There were hugs and I had the ring in my hand and I was like, ‘Can I give you the ring now?’ and she said, ‘Oh yes, the ring!’”
The truth is, for anyone, let alone for someone who is neither from royal stock nor white Anglo-Saxon, dating a Royal is a big deal. Prince Harry candidly shared how he had to have some very frank conversations with Meghan saying, “‘What you’re letting yourself in for, it’s a big deal. It’s not easy for anybody.’ I know that at the end of the day, she chooses me, and I choose her. And therefore, whatever we have to tackle, together or individually, it’ll always be us together as a team.”
This newest Royal couple chose to do things somewhat in reverse. Rather than being seen in public on dates, they often opted to stay at home, cooking and eating in. Harry’s advice to dating couples, “Maybe slow down the dates and maybe spend more time at home.” Meghan concurs, “We were able to get to know each other that way. Just to take the time to be able to go on long country walks and just talk.”
Born in Los Angeles, the 36-year-old Markle is an actress, model and humanitarian. She best known for her portrayal of Rachel Zane on the USA Network legal drama series Suits. The royal wedding is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2018. Of course, we are rooting for these two and the “happily-ever-after” continuation of their romance and story.
Credits: Image via Brides.com; Screen captures via YouTube.com/CNN.