Dec 1st, 2017, 06:34 PM

Fairytale Royal Engagement

By Cristina Mendoza
Image Credits: Unsplash/Wesley Tingey
Whirlwind engagement for the Royal family.

Congratulations are in order for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as Kensington Palace announced their engagement on November 27, 2017. The couple has been dating since spring of 2016 but did not make their relationship public until the fall of the same year. Their engagement will make history for the British monarchy as Meghan has been married and divorced once before. The last time a British monarch, Edward VIII, tried to marry a divorcee he was forced to abdicate the throne in 1936. However, there has been no opposition from the Church of England nor the Royal family as Queen Elizabeth has given her blessing. 

“I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple. We’re two people who are really happy and in love.”

The happy couple seems to be straight out of a fairytale as Meghan said in a Vanity Fair cover story in October, “I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple. We’re two people who are really happy and in love.” Even the engagement ring has a beautiful story behind it — in an interview, Meghan and Harry told the story of how he proposed while they were roasting a chicken for dinner. The ring has a yellow diamond in the center from Botswana, a country that means a lot to the couple, and two diamonds on either side of it from the late Princess Diana’s jewelry collection. Although Meghan was and never will be able to meet Diana, she mentions that having her diamonds in her ring is a way of knowing Diana is with them. 

It has been announced that the couple will get married in the spring of 2018, although a date has not been confirmed. The wedding will also be televised, just as Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding was on April 29, 2011. In order to pursue her duties as a member of the Royal family, Meghan has retired as an actress. She will become a British citizen and be baptized into the Church of England.

“I don’t see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change. It’s a new chapter right? I’ve been working on Suits for seven years. We were very, very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series…i’ve ticked this box, and I feel very proud of the work I’ve done there, and now it’s time to work with Harry as a team.”

In their first royal event since their engagement, E! Online reports Meghan and Harry were welcomed by crowds with flowers and cheers at a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair. The couple hopes to continue Princess Diana’s legacy to end stigma that surrounds the disease.