What a gal! Ermine edged poise and a creamy dollop of pure American vivacity: JAN MOIR gives her view from the sofa as loved up Harry and Meghan give their first interview
Hello, Harry. Come in Harry. Speak up, Harry boy, have you lost your tongue??
At their first joint interview as an engaged couple, it was Meghan Markle who provided the dazzling sparkle and most of the chat, while her prince charming looked on adoringly.
Meghan turned in a debut performance of supreme confidence and ermine-edged poise, of a type never before seen in a royal spouse-to-be of either sex. Like ever.
'The Queen is an incredible woman,' she nodded, as if speaking about some little old lady who's still got all her own teeth and manages to get to the shops by herself once a week.?
Neither was she daunted by suddenly having Princess Diana's personal diamonds on her finger.
Hello, Harry. Come in Harry. Speak up, Harry boy, have you lost your tongue? At their first joint interview as an engaged couple, it was Meghan Markle who provided the dazzling sparkle and most of the chat, while her prince charming looked on adoringly, writes Jan Moir
Meghan Markle (pictured yesterday with Prince Harry) turned in a debut performance of supreme confidence and ermine-edged poise, of a type never before seen in a royal spouse-to-be of either sex. Like ever
'She is with us,' she said solemnly, as if she were now Prince Harry's personal spirit guide to all the heavens and beyond, as well as his new fiancee.?
Well, she probably is all that – along with being the biggest thing to hit the Windsors since Wallis Simpson walked out and then Princess Diana walked in. No wonder even the corgis have fallen in love with her.
The background to the interview was standard Kensington Palace dullsville; a white sofa, grey cushions, a lamp in the window, the bland hand of Kate prevalent in every fold of the soft furnishings.?
As a broadcasting event it was controlled and respectful, with camera angles that did not deviate from straightforward, waist-up portraiture. Harry could have been in a kilt and Meghan in silky hot pants for all we knew.
Still, during the 20-minute interview, it was clear that the couple are as loved up as a pair of lovebirds in a love nest on Love Island on International Love Day.?
Neither was the 36-year-old Suits star daunted by suddenly having Princess Diana's personal diamonds (pictured) on her finger
They frequently exchanged mutual molten looks. Despite this, there were moments when Meghan seemed rather motherly towards Harry.?
'So nicely said,' she praised him, when he explained that they would be tackling life together 'as a team'.
What a gal! She sure plops a creamy dollop of pure American vivacity on to the staid sundae of British royal life, even if one had to wade through the occasional treacle ripple of her California-speak.
She said that she and Harry got to know each other in an 'authentic and organic way', and they had spent time 'nurturing our relationship'.?
She also talked of differences living in the UK straight 'outta the gate', of their 'boots on the ground' approach to doing good works 'around the Commonwealth'.?
I get the impression she thinks this is some darling theme park with rides, possibly in the Caribbean.
Prince Harry and his fiancee Miss Markle (pictured) gave their first interview as an engaged couple to the BBC at 6pm yesterday?
It was conducted by BBC Radio 4's Mishal Husain (pictured). When she?spoke to the royal bride-to-be about her 'new husband', the Prince actually shivered with pleasure at the words. 'Ohh, that sounds nice, doesn't it?' he said, writes Jan Moir
Remember how Diana Spencer and Kate Middleton went into their engagement announcement appearances like shy lambs, beating back the panic behind their Bambi eyes, as they stuttered over the stumbling words that told us what their hearts meant?
In comparison, Meghan was articulate, poised and confident, far more blooming rose than shrinking violet. She is fascinating, irresistible, and probably exactly what Harry needs in his life.
When interviewer Mishal Husain spoke to the royal bride-to-be about her 'new husband', the Prince actually shivered with pleasure at the words. 'Ohh, that sounds nice, doesn't it?' he said.
Miss Husain managed just the right tone, authoritative and cheerful, without being obsequious.?
She even managed to ask Meghan about royal babies, which must have stuck in her feminist craw.?
The Royal couple appeared to address the public and the press in Kensington Palace's Sunken Gardens, a favourite spot of Prince Harry's mother, Princess Diana?
She was the Prince's choice of interlocutor, an inclusive pick of which his future wife would approve.?
Meghan is a noted equality campaigner, a feminist with a special interest in gender equality and women's rights – well, as much as any woman who has just given up her career to marry a prince can be.
We learned that theirs was a relationship built on cosy nights in, on roast chicken dinners and long country walks.?
They were candid about spending nights in a tent together under the Botswana stars, as brazen an admission of pre-marital royal sex as we have ever heard.?
They were introduced by a mutual friend, whose identity remains unknown.
'We should protect her privacy,' Meghan warned Harry, who immediately shut his royal trap.
What a day it was, although earlier it was clear that some broadcasters found the news more important than others.?
Within an hour of the announcement, a male voice on the BBC News channel sounded the first tootle on the Eyeore trumpet.?
Prince Harry, 33, and Miss Markle, 36, announced their engagement yesterday after he proposed earlier this month?
'Not everyone is a royalist,' he harrumphed. Sky News grasped the mood and the moment with a little more celebration.
Historian and royal expert Alastair Bruce was wrapped up in a scarf and rosy cheeks outside the Palace, talking of 'how utterly in love they are'.?
He dared 'anyone who has a heart that beats' not to be cheered by the love story, and speculated on what her new title would be: Princess Henry of Wales, Duchess of Sussex, Queen of Hearts, Sultana of the Commonwealth, Raisin d'Etre??
'She will never be Princess Markle,' he said – but that is exactly how fans on both sides of the Atlantic will regard this singular young lady.
And so begins a new chapter in the royal family, with a woman who is not what you might expect.?
Meghan's engagement ring (pictured) is made from diamonds sourced from Botswana?
For a start, she is no boring Sloane or weedy aristo. She is an actress and a star; double good.?
The pressure and spotlight won't come as shock, and it helps that she is an independent woman who has already made a success of her life and learned how to deal with fame.
We won't forget her first official appearance, under a grey, wintry sky in Kensington Palace garden.?
She walked past the leafless trees in sexy cocktail shoes, and it was she who turned away from the cameras first, taking Harry with her.
'I fell in love with her so incredibly quickly,' he said later, peeling his heart open for the world to see.?
'This beautiful woman fell into my life and I fell into hers. I know that I am in love with this girl and she is in love with me.'
Oh, the drenching romance of it all! We have watched Harry, from the days of his toothy schoolboy grin in his little prep school cap to that solemn walk behind his mother's coffin to falling out of nightclubs with his unsuitable friends.?
All that turbulence is behind him now, as he faces the future with the woman he loves by his side. It's all too fabulous. And so is she.
During the 20-minute interview, it was clear that the couple (pictured outside Kensington Palace) are as loved up as a pair of lovebirds in a love nest on Love Island on International Love Day, writes Jan Moir?
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