Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Share Proposal Details: 'It Was a Cozy Night'
According to the couple, the proposal happened a few weeks ago at their cottage in Kensington Palace.
“It was a cozy night,” Meghan told the BBC. “We were roasting chicken. It was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got down on one knee.”
Harry added: “It was a really nice moment — it was just the two of us. I think I managed to catch her by surprise.”
Meghan then excitedly said: “Yes, as a matter of fact I could barely let you finish proposing! I said, ‘Can I say yes now!’ ”
The couple also revealed that Meghan has met Queen Elizabeth a couple times — and that her beloved corgis took to her immediately.
“It’s incredible,” Meghan said about meeting the Queen. “To be able to meet her through his lens, not just with his honor and respect for her as Monarch, but with the love he has for her as his grandmother. She’s an incredible woman.”
Harry then added: “The corgis took to her straight away.” And Meghan replied: “They were laying on my feet during tea!”
The royal couple were interviewed by BBC News broadcaster Mishal Husain, followed by a documentary called Harry And Meghan: A Royal Engagement on BBC1.
Meghan also showed off her new diamond engagement ring, which Harry designed himself.
“The ring is – is obviously yellow gold because that’s what – her favorite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the – the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure that she’s with us on this – on this crazy journey together,” Harry said.
Meghan added: “It’s beautiful, and he designed it, it’s incredible.”
When asked what it meant to her to have stones in her ring that once belonged to Princess Diana, Meghan said: “I think everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness is – and the inclusion of that and obviously not being able to meet his mom it’s so important to me to – to know that she’s a part of this with us. And I think in being able to meet his aunts and – and also like Julia and just different people who were so important to his mom, I’m able to, in some way, know a part of her through them and of course through him. And it’s – it’s incredibly special. And you know to be able to have this which sort of links where you come from and Botswana which is important to us and it’s – it’s perfect.”
And when asked what his mother would have though of Meghan, Harry replied: “Oh they’d be thick as thieves, without question, I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, you know so excited for me, but then, as I said, would have probably been best friends – best friends with Meghan.So no it’s – you know it is days like – days like today when – when I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news. But you know with the ring and with everything else that’s going on I’m sure she’s …”
Meghan added: “She’s with us.”
During William and Kate’s interview, the prince revealed he popped the question a few weeks before their interview while the two were vacationing in Kenya with friends. While they had been discussing an impending engagement for a while, Kate was still surprised when the big moment arrived.
“It was a total shock when it came,” Kate said. “There’s a true romantic in there.”
William added, “As every guy out there will know, it takes a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going. So I was planning it and then it just felt really right out in Africa. It was beautiful.”
Will and Kate also discussed their relationship’s roots, starting with when they met as students at the University of St. Andrews. William said that they were friends for a year before they started dating, and after a laugh or two, things started “to blossom.”
Kate admitted that when she first met William’s father, Prince Charles, she was “really nervous,” but that the Prince of Wales was welcoming and friendly from the start.