"She said OUI," James Middleton wrote alongside a smiling photo of the couple, which also showed off Alizee Thevenet's stunning engagement ring

By Maria Pasquini
October 06, 2019 12:00 PM

James Middleton and Alizee Thevenet are over the moon about their engagement!

On Sunday, one day after news of their engagement first broke, Kate Middleton’s younger brother confirmed the couple’s happy news.

“❤️She said OUI ❤️,” he wrote alongside a smiling photo of the pair, which was taken after James, 32, proposed to the French financial analyst based in London.

“Our secret is out but we couldn’t be happier to share the news,” he wrote, adding a sweet hashtag with their couple nickname, Jalizee, as well as some celebratory emojis.

In the selfie, which was taken in England’s Lake District, the pair have huge smiles on their faces, as Thevenet lovingly places her hand on James’ chest.

The sweet display of affection also shows off her stunning engagement ring, which appears to consist of a sizable sapphire. The jewel could be a nod to the sapphire and diamond engagement ring Prince William gave to Kate back in 2010.

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James went on to share a handful of affectionate clips of the couple on his Instagram Story.

In the first post, the duo shared a playful underwater kiss as they spent time together on the water.

“I asked @alizeethevenet a question the other day…” he wrote alongside the clip.

A second post, which featured a slideshow of photos taken throughout the course of their relationship, went on to tease the bride-to-be’s answer.

“And she said…” he wrote.

(L-R) Alizee Thevenet and James Middleton
James Middleton/Instagram

The Daily Mail was the first to report on the couple’s engagement.

“They’ve been keeping the engagement secret, but news has started to leak out among their friends,” one of the couple’s friends told the outlet, adding that Thevenet “has been wearing a beautiful sapphire sparkler” on her finger.

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Although the couple has kept their romance mostly under wraps, James brought Thevenet along to a family vacation in St. Barts with James’ sister Pippa, 36, and her husband James Matthews in January.

The couple was previously seen together in December 2018, when they went to the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund’s Christmas Carol Service at St. Luke’s Church.

Over the summer, James also shared a candid photo of his golden retriever Mabel excitedly jumping into the pool as Thevenet sported a red bikini.

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Back in 2018, James’ mother Carole Middleton, opened up about her hopes for her son’s love life with U.K. newspaper The Telegraph, saying she hoped to have a “lovely daughter-in-law” someday.

“I’m definitely hands-on. I don’t find it complicated,” Carole said of her approach to motherhood. “My biggest fear [as her children grew up] was that I’d lose my family, but we’ve stayed close. There are times when they say, ‘Can you do this, or that?’ And I can’t quite. But they like the fact that I work. I have two lovely sons-in-law, and I hope I’ll have a lovely daughter-in-law.”

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