‘It's days like today I miss her - they'd be thick as thieves’: Harry pays poignant tribute to his mother and says Meghan and Princess Diana would have been best friends

  • Prince Harry said Diana would have been 'so happy' and 'excited' for the couple
  • Harry also said: 'It's days like today when - when I really miss having her around'
  • Meghan Markle said it was 'incredibly special' to have Diana's jewels on her ring

Prince Harry said Princess Diana and his fiancee?Meghan Markle would have been 'best friends' as he paid a poignant tribute to his mother?.

Harry said the pair would be as 'thick as thieves' during his first official interview with Miss Markle, after their engagement announcement today.

The Prince also revealed how his Suits star girlfriend said 'yes' immediately when he got down on one knee.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their engagement announcement today at Kensington Palace
Princess Diana, in June 1994 at the Serpentine Gallery

Prince Harry said that his new fiancee Meghan Markle and his mother Princess Diana (right, at the Serpentine Gallery in London, 1994) would have been 'best friends'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared at a photocall at London's Kensington Palace today after announcing their engagement

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared at a photocall at London's Kensington Palace today

The couple were roasting chicken on a 'cosy night' in, at Nottingham Cottage, Kensington Palace, a few weeks ago when he popped the question.

When asked by BBC host Mishal Husain, if Princess Diana would have got on well with her new daughter in law, Harry, 33, did not hesitate.

He said: '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.'

Miss Markle, 36, added: 'She's with us.'

Before Prince Harry said: 'I'm sure she's with us yeah, you know, jumping up and down somewhere else.'

Prince Harry (left), with his brother Prince William and mother Princess Diana at VJ Day 50th anniversary celebrations in London, 1995
Prince Diana leaves a gala dinner in Washington DC in October 1990

Prince Harry (left, with his brother Prince William and mother in 1995) said it was on special occasions that he 'really missed' his mother (right, Princess Diana in 1990)

Miss Markle's sparkling engagement ring included one stone from Botswana and two diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection

Miss Markle's sparkling engagement ring included one stone from Botswana and two diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection

Miss Markle's sparkling engagement ring included one stone from Botswana, where she recently holidayed with the Prince, and two diamonds from Diana’s personal collection.

Harry revealed he mounted the stones on yellow gold because it was his mother's 'favourite'.?

Miss Markle said it was 'incredibly special' to have Diana's jewels on her ring and described the band as 'perfect'.

'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', she said.?

'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.?

Prince Harry and Miss Markle's 16-month whirlwind romance blossomed when they met through mutual friends

Prince Harry and Miss Markle's 16-month whirlwind romance blossomed when they met through mutual friends

Julia Samuel arrives for the christening of Prince George at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in October 2013
Julia Samuel with Princess Diana at Wimbledon in 1994

Left, Julia Samuel arrives for the christening of Prince George at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in 2013 and right, Mrs Samuel with Princess Diana at Wimbledon in 1994

'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.?'

The 'Julia' that Miss Markle was referring to was Julia Samuel, one of Princess Diana's oldest friends.

She met Diana in 1987 when the two were seated next to each other at a dinner and, according to Mrs Samuel, 'saw something in each other'.

Although the princess fell out with many of her friends, Mrs Samuel remained loyal.

She is said to be very close to Princes William and Harry and was made godmother of Prince George at his Christening in October 2013.??

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