November 27, 2017 10:38 AM

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s royal romance was a fairy tale right from the start!

While making their official debut as an engaged couple outside Kensington Palace on Monday, Harry revealed that he knew Markle was the one for him as soon as he laid eyes on her.

The royal couple held their photocall in the Sunken Gardens, which was one of Princess Diana’s favorite places. When asked by the press how they feel, Harry replied: “Thrilled.” Very glad it’s not raining!” Markle then added: “So happy.”

When asked when he knew she was the one, Harry said with a smile: “The very first time we met.”

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The pair have been dating since July 2016 and were first revealed as a couple in October 2016. Throughout their high-speed, long-distance courtship, Harry and Los Angeles native Markle have spent time together at each other’s respective homes in London and Toronto, where Markle filmed Suits. The seventh season of the USA legal drama will reportedly be Markle’s last.

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During the last year, Markle has been spotted walking around Prince Harry’s neighborhood in Kensington, carrying Whole Foods shopping bags (the health food store is a short stroll from Harry’s cottage), picking up flowers and visiting a spa in Soho on the eve of Pippa Middleton’s wedding. But it was an invite to Buckingham Palace for tea with the Queen in October that was most indicative of how serious things are between the two.

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Markle opened up about Harry in the October issue of Vanity Fair, telling the magazine that despite the intense public scrutiny surrounding their relationship, “it’s really simple. We’re two people who are really happy and in love.”

When news broke of their relationship in October, friends told PEOPLE that it had become so serious so quickly that marriage was certainly in the cards.

“Despite the distance, the media attention and everything else, there’s a real ease to their relationship,” a source told PEOPLE. “It just works. They are deeply happy.”

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