Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are engaged. The couple made an official announcement on Monday, November 27, and posed for a few photos, showing off Markle’s engagement ring.
“His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace,” Clarence House said in a statement on Monday. An official wedding date has not yet been revealed by Kensington Palace.
The 33-year-old son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana designed Markle’s engagement ring himself. The center stone is a diamond from Botswana while the two smaller diamonds that flank it once belonged to his mother.
“I would estimate Meghan’s ring to be roughly a 2.5 to 3 carat cushion cut diamond. Cushions are cut deep, so they appear even smaller than what they really are. I would say the ring [retails] for $60,000,” personal and celebrity jeweler George Khalife told Heavy via email. The two smaller diamonds look to be about one carat each. The band is yellow gold, which Harry said is Markle’s “favorite.”
Prince Harry and his fiancee stepped outside for an official photocall at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace in London, England, on Monday, November 27, after officially announcing their engagement. This is the first time that they have been photographed together since the Invictus Games in September.
“When asked by the press how they feel, Harry replied, ‘Thrilled. Very glad it’s not raining!’ Markle then added, ‘So happy.’ When he knew she was the one, Harry said with a smile: ‘The very first time we met,'” reports People Magazine. “When asked if the proposal was romantic, Harry replied, “Of course it was.” A smiling Markle then added, “Very.'” Harry said that details of the proposal would “come later.”
Below are some photos of Markle showing off her new ring.
Markle is rumored to be leaving Suits after she finishes filming Season 7 and she will be moving to London. Sources have said that she and Harry won’t be wasting any time and they want to live together as soon as possible.
“There are no plans for them to live separately. Meghan will move right in,” a source told Us Weekly. It is also unknown if the couple wants to start a family together.
Once the couple is married, Queen Elizabeth II will give them a royal title.
It is likely that Prince Harry and Markle will be named Duke and Duchess, not unlike Prince William and Kate Middleton (they are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).
“Most insiders believe that if the Queen hands him a royal dukedom, like Prince William received, Prince Harry will be made the Duke of Sussex on his wedding day. That would make Meghan the Duchess of Sussex,” People Magazine reported on November 27. If they were to have children, they would be known as a Lord and/or Lady of Mountbatten-Windsor.