'We knew there was something there that was so solid, so powerful - we were willing to have a go': Unseen video reveals Harry and Meghan talking about the moment they knew it was right

  • Couple are expected to reveal date of their wedding and the venue in new announcement expected today?
  • Harry popped question on one knee earlier this month while they were cooking roast chicken at his cottage?
  • He gave her a ring he designed himself from diamonds belonging to his mother and another from Botswana?
  • Couple will have a church wedding in spring 2018 – but will probably avoid early April when royal baby is due?
  • Harry said his mother Princess Diana and his bride-to-be would have been 'thick as thieves' and 'best friends'
  • Meghan could become a princess or be given title Duchess of Sussex when she marries fifth in line to throne?
  • They will live in Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace next door to William, Kate, George and Charlotte?
  • Meghan has quit the hit show Suits and is shipping all her belongings to Britain including her two dogs

Harry and Meghan's off-mic antics were about the Suits' star not letting her royal husband-to-be get a word in edgeways, MailOnline can reveal today.

The couple's engagement excitement truly emerges in candid and funny footage never shown to millions in Britain and around the world last night.?

Harry and Meghan are shown laughing, joking and chatting with each other, interviewer Mishal Husain and other people off screen but unfortunately the microphones were switched off.

But expert lipreader Tina Lannin,?whose company 121 Captions specialises in forensic lipreading for the police and CPS, has told MailOnline that Harry is ribbing his fiancee for interrupting him.

While he is believed to be describing their safari in Botswana last year Meghan cuts across the prince and says: 'It was 5 days, yeah'.

Showing their relaxed relationship Harry then tells her: 'She wants me to say something' and saying 'Goddammit' while slapping his leg in faux outrage. After apologising Meghan barks jokingly: 'Do it again!'.?

Ms Lannin also revealed the happy couple describing the moment they fell in love.

Miss Markle said: 'Six months. We both knew.'

Before Harry added: 'The relationship there, we both knew there was something there that was solid, so solid, so powerful. We were willing to have a go.'?

This afternoon the couple are expected to reveal when and where they will get married next year with Windsor Castle now the clear favourite ahead of Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral.?

Harry and Meghan's engagement excitement can be revealed in a series of candid and funny shots not shown to the millions who watched in Britain and later around the world?

Harry and Meghan's engagement excitement can be revealed in a series of candid and funny shots not shown to the millions who watched in Britain and later around the world?

They were unable to contain their laughter and excitement in unseen footage cut from last night's interview with the BBC and it includes jokes about Meghan interrupting her fiance

They were unable to contain their laughter and excitement in unseen footage cut from last night's interview with the BBC and it includes jokes about Meghan interrupting her fiance

Harry makes a funny face and makes Meghan laugh out loud in footage not shown to millions last night

Harry makes a funny face and makes Meghan laugh out loud in footage not shown to millions last night

Meghan rests her chin on her fist while looking adoringly at her husband-to-be, who cannot help but smile back while being filmed for their first TV interview last night

Harry and Meghan smirk in footage without sound taken during the filming of their BBC interview

Harry and Meghan smirk in footage without sound taken during the filming of their BBC interview

Make them green with envy in Meghan's P.A.R.O.S.H. frock

Meghan Markle was positively giddy when her and Harry made their engagement official this morning, well you would be wouldn't you!

She was dressed perfectly for the occasion teaming a white wrap coat from Line the Label over a green P.A.R.O.S.H. dress whilst Aquazzura Matilde crisscross suede pumps finish the look elegantly.

Meghan's exact dress features a side bow detail but it's now sold-out, you can however, get, a very similar style still at Farfetch on the right. And the great news is it's in the sale too!

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The 36-year-old actress revealed last night how she said 'yes' immediately to?Prince Harry?after he proposed on one knee while they were cooking a chicken roast dinner during a 'cosy night' in.?

'It's such exciting news!': Pregnant Kate reveals her joy at royal engagement

The?Duchess of Cambridge displayed her neat baby bump in a Kate Spade dress as she stepped out at an art gallery in London just hours after Meghan Markle hailed her  'amazing'

The?Duchess of Cambridge displayed her neat baby bump in a Kate Spade dress as she stepped out at an art gallery in London just hours after Meghan Markle hailed her 'amazing'

The Duchess of Cambridge said she's 'absolutely thrilled' for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as she stepped out in London a day after her brother-in-law's engagement announcement.

The pregnant mother-of-two displayed her neat baby bump in a figure-skimming Kate Spade dress, which she offset with burgundy accessories, as she arrived at the Foundling Museum in London.

Discussing Monday's happy news, the Duchess said: 'William and I are absolutely thrilled. It's such exciting news.

'It's a really happy time for any couple and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment.'

Her appearance comes just hours after Meghan Markle hailed her 'wonderful'. Miss Markle said the Duchess of Cambridge had been 'wonderful' to her, while Harry said both William and Kate had been 'amazing'.

Harry talked about how he kept the relationship secret before introducing Miss Markle to his brother and sister-in-law. 'It was exciting, I mean I've - you know, I'd been seeing her for a period of time when I literally didn't tell anybody at all.

'And then William was longing to meet her and so was Catherine, so you know, being our neighbours, we managed to get that in a couple of, well, quite a few times now, and Catherine has been absolutely amazing, as has William as well, you know, fantastic support.'

'The family together have been absolutely, you know, a solid support, and my grandparents as well have been, have been wonderful throughout this whole process, and they've known for quite some time,' he said.?

Revealing the depths of his feeling for his bride-to-be the prince suggested they were destined to meet and fall in love, with the royal believing 'the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect'.

He described how 'this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life' and said she would have been 'best friends' with his late mother Princess Diana.

In their?first joint interview, Miss Markle, 36, said she did not even wait for the 33-year-old royal to finish the sentence before she said 'yes' - and it was 'so sweet and natural and very romantic'.?

The couple, who had been?in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace when the proposal happened, revealed that they first met on a blind date after being set up by a female friend - and have tried to see each other every two weeks.????

Harry added: 'I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly... All the stars were aligned - everything was just perfect. It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life - I fell into her life.'

Four weeks after they met, Harry persuaded Miss Markle to join him on a five-day break in Botswana. He said: 'We camped out with each other under the stars... which was absolutely fantastic.'

The couple - who spoke to?BBC?presenter Mishal Husain - said that Miss Markle has already?met the Queen 'a couple of times', and the actress described the monarch as an 'incredible woman'.

It was also revealed that Prince Harry had sought the permission of both of Miss Markle's parents, but that he had not yet met her father Thomas, having only spoken to him on the phone.

More details about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding are due to be revealed as planning for the big day steps up a gear.

The newly engaged pair's choice of venue and month are expected to be unveiled this afternoon - the day after they publicly shared their love story.

March or May are the current favourites for the high-profile royal nuptials, but April is thought unlikely.?The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth to her third child that month.

The Queen will also be busy with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which is being hosted in London and Windsor in mid-April.

Royal wedding planners in the Lord Chamberlain's Office at Buckingham Palace are, however, experienced at staging a busy programme of large-scale events.

St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is thought a likely, smaller venue for the church wedding - appropriate for fifth-in-line Harry.

But the prince and Ms Markle may decide to opt for a full-scale fairy tale ceremony instead and choose Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate wed, or St Paul's Cathedral where Harry's parents married.

The couple received more well wishes on Tuesday from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

On a visit to the Foundling Museum in central London, the duchess said she and William were 'absolutely thrilled', adding: 'We wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment.'?

Asked about Prince Harry’s engagement during a visit to a children’s literacy event at Stoke City FC yesterday, the Duchess of Cornwall said she was ‘absolutely thrilled’ by the news.

She added: ‘It’s brilliant (news) and as I said, America’s loss is our gain. We are all absolutely delighted.

‘As you can see, they are so happy. Sometimes, you know, in a climate where we are surrounded by a lot of bad news, it’s a real joy to have some good news for once.’

The Duchess spoke at a National Literacy Trust event at the Premier League side’s Bet365 Stadium, where she visited a mobile ‘storytelling’ van and handed out certificates to children in recognition of their reading achievements.

The Duchess of Cornwall meeting pantomime actors at the Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent and said the engagement was 'brilliant news'

The Duchess of Cornwall meeting pantomime actors at the Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent and said the engagement was 'brilliant news'

HOW THEY MET??

They talked about their 16-month relationship and how they never went more than two weeks without seeing one another.

Miss Markle said: 'I don't think that I would call it a whirlwind in terms of our relationship, obviously there have been layers attached to how public it has become after we had a good five, six months almost with just privacy, which was amazing.

'But no, I think we were able to really have so much time just to connect and we never went longer than two weeks without seeing each other, even though we were obviously doing a long distance relationship. So it's - we made it work.'

The pair said they were introduced by a mutual female friend in July 2016, but declined to reveal her name.

Harry told how they camped out under the stars in Botswana a few weeks after they met when Harry persuaded Miss Markle to join him on holiday.?

Harry said: 'Then it was I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana.

'And we, we camped out with each other under the stars, we spent, she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.'

Miss Markle revealed how they took 'the time to be able to go on long country walks and just talk'. Miss Markle has met the Queen a couple of times and described her as an 'incredible woman'.

THE PROPOSAL?

Speaking of the proposal, Harry said: 'It happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month, here at our cottage; just a standard typical night for us.

Miss Markle added: 'Just a cosy night, it was - what we were doing just roasting chicken and having ...' Harry said he was 'roasting a chicken, trying to roast a chicken'.?

Meghan Markle said 'yes' immediately to Prince Harry after he proposed on one knee while they were cooking dinner, the couple said in their first joint interview

Meghan Markle said 'yes' immediately to Prince Harry after he proposed on one knee while they were cooking dinner, the couple said in their first joint interview

The pair inspect Meghan's engagement ring, which includes a large diamond from Botswana, where they had one of their first dates together camping out under the stars

The pair inspect Meghan's engagement ring, which includes a large diamond from Botswana, where they had one of their first dates together camping out under the stars

Pointing at the ring, Prince Harry said: 'The little diamonds either side are from my mother's jewellery collection to make sure that she's with us on this - on this crazy journey together'

Pointing at the ring, Prince Harry said: 'The little diamonds either side are from my mother's jewellery collection to make sure that she's with us on this - on this crazy journey together'

In their first joint interview this evening, Miss Markle, 36, said she did not even wait for the 33-year-old royal to finish the sentence before she said 'yes' - and it was 'so sweet and natural and very romantic'

In their first joint interview this evening, Miss Markle, 36, said she did not even wait for the 33-year-old royal to finish the sentence before she said 'yes' - and it was 'so sweet and natural and very romantic'

Meghan stares lovingly at Prince Harry as he explains how the couple were first introduced by a mystery woman and mutual friend to them both

Meghan stares lovingly at Prince Harry as he explains how the couple were first introduced by a mystery woman and mutual friend to them both

The couple said they were roasting chicken on a 'cosy night' in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace in London a few weeks ago when Harry got down on one knee

The couple said they were roasting chicken on a 'cosy night' in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace in London a few weeks ago when Harry got down on one knee

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

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

The newly-engaged couple held hands as they posed for photographers at the palace

The newly-engaged couple held hands as they posed for photographers at the palace

Fifth in line to the throne Harry has been dating the American actress since summer 2016

Fifth in line to the throne Harry has been dating the American actress since summer 2016

Miss Markle described it as 'just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee.' She added: 'As a matter of fact I could barely let you finish proposing, I said - can I say yes now?'

The pair are to marry in a church wedding in the spring next year. Harry revealed how they had 'hugs' after the proposal and he handed over the ring.

Prince Harry said: 'She didn't even let me finish, she said 'can I say yes, can I say yes' and then were was hugs and I had the ring in my finger and I was like 'can I - can I give you the ring?' She goes - 'oh yes the ring'.?

'So no it was - it was a really nice moment, it was just the two of us and I think managed to catch - catch her by surprise as well.'?

THE RING?

Asked about the ring,?Harry said: 'The ring is - is obviously yellow gold because that's what - her favourite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the - the little diamonds either side are from my mother's jewellery collection to make sure that she's with us on this - on this crazy journey together.'

Miss Markle added: 'It's beautiful, and he designed it, it's incredible.' And Harry said: 'Yeah, make sure it stays on that finger.'?

PRINCESS DIANA?

Asked what it meant to Miss Markle to have stones on her finger that once belonged to Princess Diana, she 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.'

Harry was then asked what he believed his mother would have thought of Miss Markle. He 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...'

Miss Markle then interjected: 'She's with us.' - and Harry said: 'I'm sure she's with us yeah, you know, jumping up and down somewhere else.'??

Their 16-month whirlwind romance blossomed when they met through mutual friends

Their 16-month whirlwind romance blossomed when they met through mutual friends

The couple will live together in Harry's current home, Nottingham Cottage at the palace

The couple will live together in Harry's current home, Nottingham Cottage at the palace

Miss Markle showed off her sparkling engagement ring, which Harry designed himself, made from two diamonds which belonged to his late beloved mother Diana, Princess of Wales

Miss Markle showed off her sparkling engagement ring, which Harry designed himself, made from two diamonds which belonged to his late beloved mother Diana, Princess of Wales

Miss Markle is expected to become a duchess - just like Kate Middleton did six years ago
Harry and Miss Markle in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

Miss Markle is expected to become a duchess - just like Kate Middleton did six years ago

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have appeared in public for the first time since announcing they will marry next year as the world glimpsed the American actress' engagement ring

Harry and Meghan looked over the moon and Harry said he was 'thrilled' and his fiancee said she was 'so happy'

Harry and Meghan looked over the moon and Harry said he was 'thrilled' and his fiancee said she was 'so happy'

QUEEN AND THE CORGIS

It was also disclosed that she had become a firm favourite with the corgis.

Describing being introduced to the Queen, Harry's grandmother, Miss Markle said: 'It's incredible, I think, you know, to be able to meet her through his lens, not just with his honour and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother.

'All of those layers have been so important for me so that when I met her I had such a deep understanding and of course incredible respect for being able to have that time with her. And we've had a really - she's, she's an incredible woman.'

Harry added: 'And the corgis took to you straight away.' To which Miss Markle replied: 'That's true.'

Harry joked: 'I've spent the last 33 years being barked at - this one walks in, absolutely nothing.' Miss Markle, who has two dogs herself, said: 'Just laying on my feet during tea. It was very sweet.'

Harry added: 'Just wagging tails - and I was just like, argh.'??

WILLIAM AND KATE?

Miss Markle said the Duchess of Cambridge had been 'wonderful' to her, while Harry said both William and Kate had been 'amazing'.?

Harry talked about how he kept the relationship secret before introducing Miss Markle to his brother and sister-in-law.'It was exciting, I mean I've - you know, I'd been seeing her for a period of time when I literally didn't tell anybody at all.?

The pair were secretly engaged this month, and Harry took Miss Markle to meet the Queen

The pair were secretly engaged this month, and Harry took Miss Markle to meet the Queen

Harry and Miss Markle may be invited to spend Christmas with his grandmother the Queen

Harry and Miss Markle may be invited to spend Christmas with his grandmother the Queen

The royal family have flocked to congratulate the happy couple after the announcement

The royal family have flocked to congratulate the happy couple after the announcement

The prince said he was 'thrilled, over the moon' adding: 'Very glad it's not raining as well.' Meghan said she was 'so happy' before they wandered back into Kensington Palace beaming

The prince said he was 'thrilled, over the moon' adding: 'Very glad it's not raining as well.' Meghan said she was 'so happy' before they wandered back into Kensington Palace beaming

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk away after posing for the media in the grounds of Kensington Palace

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk away after posing for the media in the grounds of Kensington Palace

'And then William was longing to meet her and so was Catherine, so you know, being our neighbours, we managed to get that in a couple of, well, quite a few times now, and Catherine has been absolutely amazing, as has William as well, you know, fantastic support.'

Miss Markle said of Kate: 'She's been wonderful.' Harry spoke of the support his family had given him.

'The family together have been absolutely, you know, a solid support, and my grandparents as well have been, have been wonderful throughout this whole process, and they've known for quite some time,' he said.?

Harry, 33, and Miss Markle, 36, appeared at a photocall at Kensington Palace in London this afternoon and their royal wedding will take place next spring.

Fifth in line to the throne Harry has been dating the American actress - who found fame in the US legal drama Suits - since the summer of last year.

Their 16-month whirlwind romance blossomed when they met through mutual friends in London, and the pair have been almost inseparable in recent months.

The couple will live together in Harry's current home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, and Miss Markle will become an HRH and a senior royal.

She is expected to become a duchess - just like Kate Middleton did when she became the Duchess of Cambridge after saying her vows in 2011.

Miss Markle will most probably become HRH the Duchess of Sussex, if Harry is made the Duke of Sussex by the Queen on the morning of his wedding.

The pair were secretly engaged earlier this month, and Harry took Miss Markle to meet his grandmother the Queen for tea at Buckingham Palace in October.

Miss Markle is a divorcee. In 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson after dating him for six years - but the pair split amicably less than two years later.

Harry and Miss Markle made their first official public appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto - where the star is based - in September.

At the closing ceremony a few days later, the prince was spotted kissing his girlfriend on the cheek as they watched the show from the VIP box.?

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Will THIS be Meghan and Harry's country love nest? £7.7m Cotswold manor close to Prince's Highgrove childhood home is mysteriously taken off the market as engagement news breaks

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be looking to set up their marital home in a village, it has been claimed.

The couple might be looking to settle in the village of Luckington in the Cotswolds, near his childhood home.

Luckington, which has a population of 630, is in the heart of the polo country where Harry and William grew up.

And a £7.7million stately manor was taken off the market yesterday - as the royal engagement was announced.

The property, Luckington Court, is also near Highgrove, Harry's childhood home and where Charles still lives.

This £7.7million stately manor, Luckington Court, was taken off the market yesterday as the royal engagement was announced

This £7.7million stately manor, Luckington Court, was taken off the market yesterday as the royal engagement was announced

The royal couple might be looking to settle at this property in Luckington in the Cotswolds, near Harry's childhood home

The royal couple might be looking to settle at this property in Luckington in the Cotswolds, near Harry's childhood home

On the day of the engagement yesterday, Luckington residents were remaining tight-lipped about the rumours

On the day of the engagement yesterday, Luckington residents were remaining tight-lipped about the rumours

The interior of Luckington Court, which has been rumoured to be a potential rural home for Harry and Miss Markle

The interior of Luckington Court, which has been rumoured to be a potential rural home for Harry and Miss Markle

Luckington Court is known for being used as the location of Longbourne in the 1995 TV series Pride and Prejudice.

And it is also nearby to the Minchinhampton home of his cousin Zara Tindle and his aunt Princess Anne.

Luckington is located just 18 miles from Bristol on the Wiltshire-South Gloucestershire border.

The village and its surrounding towns are filled with large, remote homes that often come with their own stables.

On the day of the engagement yesterday, Luckington residents were remaining tight-lipped about the rumours.

But one local, who did not wish to be named, said: 'Obviously we saw a lot of Harry when he was growing up.

'It's lovely news to hear he's getting married, and it would be really nice if he came back here to live.

'We're very protective of our neighbours here, so it would be very private for him.'

The much-anticipated news of the royal engagement was confirmed by Prince Charles at 10am yesterday.

One Luckington local said residents are 'very protective of our neighbours here, so it would be very private for him'

One Luckington local said residents are 'very protective of our neighbours here, so it would be very private for him'

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales pose with their sons Harry and William at Highgrove in 1986

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales pose with their sons Harry and William at Highgrove in 1986

How Harry picked BBC's £250,000-a-year star presenter for interview

Mishal Husain is a Today programme host who lives in London

Mishal Husain is a Today programme host who lives in London

Prince Harry handpicked one of the BBC's top presenters to interview him about his proposal to?Meghan Markle.

Mishal Husain, a?44-year-old working mother of three children and the first Muslim female Today presenter, conducted arguably her biggest ever interview this afternoon.

Husain of Hampstead, North London, and Harry will work together again next month when he guest edits the BBC Radio 4 programme on a day between Christmas and New Year.

Husain, who lives with her husband, lawyer Meekal Hashmi and their three sons, was born in Northampton.

She moved aged two with her parents to the United Arab Emirates, and at 12 returned to England for boarding school before reading law at Cambridge.

Husain made an instant impression in 1998 when she joined the white male-dominated BBC, building a following as the BBC World News evening anchor.

She was appointed Today presenter in 2013, and established herself on the show while continuing to read the 10pm news on BBC One at weekends.

In 2014, she won plaudits for her reports from Pakistan after 100 children were murdered by the Taliban. A year later she was named Broadcaster of the Year.

Husain, who earns up to £250,000 a year, was appointed Today presenter in 2013?

Husain, who earns up to £250,000 a year, was appointed Today presenter in 2013?

Husain built a following as the BBC World News evening anchor

Husain built a following as the BBC World News evening anchor

But in June, Husain, who earns up to £250,000 a year, for her work on the BBC, was accused of being the 'official spokeswoman for Jeremy Corbyn'.

It came after she had a bad-tempered exchange with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson after he raised the Labour leader's stance on shoot-to-kill.

Husain also faced criticism from some quarters for her moderation of the leaders' debate in Cambridge in May ahead of the general election.

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The key points: Harry and Meghan reveal their proposal

'He proposed while roasting a chicken'

Prince Harry: It happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month, here at our cottage; just a standard typical night for us.

Meghan Markle: Just a cosy night, it was - what we were doing just roasting chicken and having ...

Prince Harry: Roasting a chicken, trying to roast a chicken.

Meghan Markle: Trying to roast a chicken and it just - just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee.

Prince Harry: Of course.

Was it a 'yes' straight away?

Meghan Markle: Yes, as a matter of fact I could barely let you finish proposing, I said - can I say yes now?

Prince Harry: She didn't even let me finish, she said can I say yes, can I say yes and then were was hugs and I had the ring in my finger and I was like can I - can I give you the ring? She goes - oh yes the ring.

So no it was - it was a really nice moment, it was just the two of us and I think managed to catch - catch her by surprise as well.

Meghan Markle: Yeah.

How long did Harry wait to pop the question??

Meghan Markle: Oh it would be a year and a half, a little bit more than that?

Prince Harry: No just about - it would be about a year and a half yeah.

Meghan Markle: Just about that?

Has it been a whirlwind romance??

Meghan Markle: I don't think that I would call it a whirlwind in terms of our relationship, obviously there have been layers attached to how public it has become after we had a good five, six months almost with just privacy, which was amazing.

But no, I think we were able to really have so much time just to connect and we never went longer than two weeks without seeing each other, even though we were obviously doing a long distance relationship. So it's - we made it work.

How did they first meet?

Prince Harry: Ah yes, we first met - we were introduced actually by a mutual friend, who - we will ...

Meghan Markle: We should protect her privacy and not reveal too much of that.

Prince Harry: We'll protect her privacy yeah. And - but it was - it was literally - it was through her and then we met once and then twice back to back two dates in London, last July.

Meghan Markle: Yes.

Prince Harry: The beginning of July. And then it was I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana. And we - we camped out with each other under the stars, we spent - she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.

Meghan Markle: Just to take the - take the time to be able to go on long country walks and just talk.

Prince Harry: We've been - we've been all over the place.

Has Meghan met the Queen??

Meghan Markle: I have, yes.

Prince Harry: A couple of times.

Meghan Markle: Yes, true, a couple of times.?

?It's incredible, I think, you know, a) to be able to meet her through his lens, not just with his honour and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother, all of those layers have been so important for me so that when I met her I had such a deep understanding and of course incredible respect for being able to have that time with her. And we've had a really - she's - she's an incredible woman.

Prince Harry: And the corgis took to you straight away.

Meghan Markle: That's true.

Prince Harry: I've spent the last 33 years being barked at; this one walks in, absolutely nothing ...

Meghan Markle: Just laying on my feet during tea, it was very sweet.

Prince Harry: ... just wagging tails and I was just like argh.

Has Meghan brought her beloved dogs to London?

Meghan Markle: Well I have two dogs that I've had for quite a long time, both my rescue pups. And one is now staying with very close friends and my other little guy is - yes he's in the UK, he's been here for a while.

Int: Okay, let's hope he adjusts well.

Meghan Markle: I think he's doing just fine.

On introducing Meghan to the family

Prince Harry: What was it like? It was exciting I mean I've - you know I'd been seeing her for a period of time when I - literally didn't tell anybody at all. And then William was longing to meet her and so was Catherine, so you know being our neighbours we managed to get that in a couple of - well quite a few times now and Catherine has been absolutely ...

Meghan Markle: She's been wonderful.

Prince Harry: ... amazing, as has William as well, you know, fantastic support. And then my - my father as well, we had a couple of - no more than that ...

Meghan Markle: We've had ...

Prince Harry: ... A handful of teas and meetings and all sorts of gatherings over at his place as well. So no the family together have been absolutely, you know, a solid support and my grandparents as well have been - have been wonderful throughout this whole process and they've known for quite some time. So how they - how they haven't told anybody is - is again a miracle in itself. But now the whole family have come together and have been a huge amount of support.

Meghan Markle: They've been amazing.

Are the in-laws over the moon with with the engagement?

Meghan Markle: Yes.? Well I'm sure the onset, both my parents and my close friends were concerned, because we got very quickly swept up in a media storm that, as I shared, was not part of my life before that, but they also had never seen me so happy. And I think also once my friends - excuse me, were able to - to really meet Harry, and my mom, who we've spent a lot of time with, who is so much fun.

Prince Harry: Her mum's amazing.

Meghan Markle: It was just - you know it was just obvious that no matter what we were being put through that it was just temporary and that we were going to be able to get through that. So everybody was really happy. And he's talked to my dad a few times, hasn't been able to meet him just yet, but it's all been - it's all been worth every effort.

Prince Harry: Yeah, yeah it's been great.

Do they have plans for children?

Prince Harry: Not currently, no. No, of course, you know, I think one step at a time, and hopefully we'll start a family in the near future.?

Meghan Markle: His family's been so welcoming.

Prince Harry: You've met quite a few of them actually.

Meghan Markle: I have, on both sides of his family, his mom's side as well, which has been really important to me too. But yes, the family has been great, and over the past year and a half we've just had a really nice time getting to know them and progressively helping me feel a part of, not just the institution, but also part of the family which has been really special.

Prince Harry: Trying to track them down and make sure that they're around at the same time that she's popping in without telling too many people ... we've managed, we've actually done incredibly well to make sure that you've met all the key people.

The ring??

Prince Harry: The ring is - is obviously yellow gold because that's what - her favourite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the - the little diamonds either side are from my mother's jewellery collection to make sure that she's with us on this - on this crazy journey together. And ...

Meghan Markle: It's beautiful, and he designed it, it's incredible.

Prince Harry: Yeah, make sure it stays on that finger.

Meghan Markle: Of course.

What does it mean to have Princess Diana's stones on your finger?

Meghan Markle: 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.

What would Diana have thought of Meghan??

Prince Harry: 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 Markle: She's with us.

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

They met on a blind date?

Meghan Markle: Yes, it was definitely a set-up. It was a blind date.

Prince Harry: It was definitely a set-up. It was a blind date for sure.

Meghan Markle: And it's so interesting because we talk about it now and even then you know, because I'm from the States you don't grow up with the same understanding of the royal family. And so, while I now understand very clearly there is a global interest there, I didn't know much about him and so the only thing that I had asked her when she said she wanted to set us up was, 'I have one question' which was, 'Well, is he nice?' cos if he wasn't kind it just didn't seem like it would make sense and so we went and we had a, met for a drink and I think very quickly into that we said, 'well what are we doing tomorrow? We should meet again.'

Prince Harry: What are we doing tomorrow? Let's meet again. And then it was like, right, diaries. We need to get the diaries out and find out how we're going to make this work, because I was off to Africa for a month, she was working. And we just said right where's the gap? And the gap happened to be in the perfect place.

Had Harry watched Suits before they met??

Prince Harry: No. I'd never even heard about her until this friend said Meghan Markle. I was like 'right, okay, give me a bit of background... what's going on here?' So no, I'd never watched Suits, I'd never heard of Meghan before, and I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her. And there she was sitting there... I was like okay well I'm going to have to up my game ... sit down and make sure I've got good chat.

Meghan Markle: I think for both of us though it was, it was really refreshing because, given that I didn't know a lot about him, everything that I've learned about him, I learned through him as opposed to having grown up around different news stories or tabloids or whatever else... anything I've learned about him and his family was what he would share with me and vice versa, so for both of us it was just a really authentic and organic way to get to know each other.??

On Meghan's new duties

Prince Harry: Of course, that sense of responsibility was essentially from day one or maybe a couple of months in, when I suddenly realised actually this is... I feel, I know that I'm in love with this girl, and I hope that she's in love with me, but we still had to sit down on the sofa. I still had to have some pretty frank conversations with her to say, you know what you're letting yourself in for, is ...it's a big deal and it's not...it's not easy for anybody. But I know that at the end of the day she chooses me, and I choose her, and therefore whatever we have to tackle together or individually we'll always be us together as a team, so I think she's capable...

Meghan Markle: That's so nicely said, isn't it?

Prince Harry: ...She's capable of anything

Meghan Markle: Thank you

Prince Harry: And together as I said there's a hell of a lot of stuff and work that needs doing. At the moment for us it's going to be making sure our relationship is always put first. But both of us have passions for wanting to make change, change for good, and with lots of young people running around the Commonwealth that's where we're going to spend most of our time hopefully.

Meghan Markle: And it was really one of the first things we connected on. It was one of the first things we started talking about when we met was just the different things that we wanted to do in the world and how passionate we were about seeing change. I think that was, that's what's got date two in the books probably (laughs).

Prince Harry: Plenty to talk about.?

On bonding over nights on the sofa

Prince Harry: Yes, we've had to sort of reverse the whole process, and cosy nights in, in front of the television, cooking dinner just the two of us by ourselves in our little cottage, rather than going out for dinner and being seen in public, so we have, we've reversed the whole process which ... it's provided different opportunities, and it's made us a hell of a lot closer in a shorter space of time without question.

Meghan Markle: That's true.

Prince Harry: So if anybody else at home is listening then maybe slow down on dates and maybe spend more time at home. But, for us, it's an opportunity to really get to know each other without other people looking or trying to take photos on their phones and all that kind of stuff. That comes with the job, comes with the role.

Meghan Markle: And we were able to really get to know each other that way, but also then to go and have friends over for dinner or to go to his family's for tea or.... any of those sort of things and even you know just to take the time to be able to go on long country walks and just talk.?


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Is Bahrain-born fashion designer Harry and Meghan's mystery matchmaker? Estranged wife of Harry's friend from Eton 'set couple up on a blind date'

Prince Harry and his new fiancee Meghan Markle are refusing to name their matchmaker but it's believed to be her Bahrain-born best friend.

Misha Nonoo, the estranged wife of Harry's friend, Alexander Gilkes, a pal of William and Harry's from Eton, is said to have organised their blind date last year.

Meghan and Harry said that the mystery person - a mutual friend - had set them up and the prince said yesterday he knew she was 'the one' as soon as they met.

In their first interview Harry revealed the couple had just two 'back-to-back' dates in London before flying on holiday to Botswana together, Harry's favourite place in the world, for five days, where they slept out under the stars.

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo (pictured with Meghan), is believed to be the couple's matchmaker

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo (pictured with Meghan), is believed to be the couple's matchmaker

Ms Nonoo, the estranged wife of Harry’s friend, Alexander Gilkes, a pal of William and Harry’s from Eton, is said to have organised their blind date last year

Ms Nonoo, the estranged wife of Harry's friend, Alexander Gilkes, a pal of William and Harry's from Eton, is said to have organised their blind date last year

Other candidates include Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, who is one of Meghan's workout buddies?

Other candidates include Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, who is one of Meghan's workout buddies?

Harry said: 'We were introduced actually by a mutual friend…it was literally…. through her and then we met once and then twice back-to-back two dates in London, last July.

'We'll protect her privacy yeah,' Prince Harry added.

He went on: 'And then it was I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana.

'And we - we camped out with each other under the stars, we spent - she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.'

Meghan said she had only one question for her friend when she suggested the date: 'Well, is he nice?'

She said: 'Because I'm from the States you don't grow up with the same understanding of the royal family. And so, while I now understand very clearly there is a global interest there, I didn't know much about him and so the only thing that I had asked her when she said she wanted to set us up was, 'I have one question' which was, 'Well, is he nice?' 'cos if he wasn't kind it just didn't seem like it would make sense and so we went and we had a, met for a drink and I think very quickly into that we said, 'well what are we doing tomorrow? We should meet again.'

Harry adds': What are we doing tomorrow? Let's meet again. And then it was like, right, diaries. We need to get the diaries out and find out how we're going to make this work, because I was off to Africa for a month, she was working. And we just said right where's the gap? And the gap happened to be in the perfect place [Botswana].'.

Miss Markle interrupted: 'We should protect her privacy and not reveal too much of that'.

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'It's not about royalty as it is about love': Meghan Markle's 'estranged' older half-sister claims to be 'elated' about her engagement to Prince Harry - months after threatening a tell-all book about the actress

Meghan Markle's estranged half-sister today spoke of her family's delight following the news that her sibling is to become a member of the British royal family.

Samantha Markle, 53, from Florida, said the actress would have no trouble marrying into the Royal Family as their union was 'about love'.

Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain today, she said their father Thomas was 'elated' by the news and wished the couple all the best for the future.

It comes months after Samantha predicted the couple would get married and dismissed rumours of a 'rift' between the siblings despite admitting they had not spoken in years.

Samantha Markle, half-sister to Meghan, pictured, told Good Morning Britain their family was 'elated' at the Royal engagement

Samantha Markle, half-sister to Meghan, pictured, told Good Morning Britain their family was 'elated' at the Royal engagement

The 53-year-old, pictured, added the family was proud of Meghan and were happy she was marrying for love

The 53-year-old, pictured, added the family was proud of Meghan and were happy she was marrying for love

Samantha was gushing with pride as she told the GMB hosts how happy she was at the impending union.

She described Meghan as 'creative, charming, lovely, full of life and very vibrant', adding: 'She has never changed she is just so sweet and charming and I have seen that so much in her recently she is overwhelmingly happy. All of that has come out and it is so nice.'

On how entering the Royal Family would affect her sister, Samantha said the nuptials were all about romance rather than any social ambition.

She said: It's lovely [she is marrying a prince] but I have to say what is more important to our family, and certainly to her, is that you find the person that's the best fit for you, that you love, that really makes you happy.

'I don't think it's so much who he is in terms of royalty but who he is as a man and I can see she is just bubbling.

'When I watch her with him its very real and normal and we only get that once in lifetime if we are lucky. It's not about royalty so much as it is about love and that's wonderful.'

The pair share a father and Samantha said he was 'elated' at the union.

She added: '[Our father] is excited and very proud and very happy. Doesn't every father want his daughter's happiness? He knows she is happy and I can say he is elated, as we all are.'

In a message to her sibling, she added: 'I love you, I am incredibly happy for you, cheers and to a wonderful life.

'If I had a glass of champagne I would toast but it's three in the morning and we don't drink at three in the morning. But cheers!'

Meghan?has described herself as a freewheeling ‘Californian hippy’, and embraces alternative culture, like her mother, a yoga teacher

Meghan?has described herself as a freewheeling 'Californian hippy', and embraces alternative culture, like her mother, a yoga teacher

Meghan and Samantha's father Thomas, centre, pictured with Meghan aged 11 and (from left) her nephews Thomas (left), Tyler and their mother Tracy, is 'elated' at the news

Meghan and Samantha's father Thomas, centre, pictured with Meghan aged 11 and (from left) her nephews Thomas (left), Tyler and their mother Tracy, is 'elated' at the news

Samantha said her father, pictured with Meghan as a baby, 'just wanted her happiness'?

Samantha said her father, pictured with Meghan as a baby, 'just wanted her happiness'?

Meanwhile Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell spoke on ITV's Lorraine about the news and said it was 'clear they adore each other'.

He added: 'It's a lovely, lovely thing to watch unfold. It's not going to be easy for them. Who'd have thought an American, divorcee, Catholic would have married a Prince of the United Kingdom?'

'She's 36 isn't she? A mature young woman. Have you considered the fact that she's 36 years old? Exactly the same age Princess Diana was when she died… She's a mature young woman who knows her own mind. She knows her way forward.'

On the ring, which includes diamonds from Princess Diana's collection, he said: 'William must have said to Harry, 'What would you like to give to Meghan? Something of Mummy's, because that's right and that's what Mummy would want.'

'And that's true. She would. That ring on [Meghan's] finger will always remind her of the legacy which she's married into.

Mr Burrell added he imagined Miss Markle and the Duchess of Cambridge would end up 'thick as thieves' with the actress previously describing Kate as 'wonderful'.

Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell, pictured on ITV's Lorraine, also spoke of how delighted he was at the news and said Harry giving Meghan an engagement ring containing Diana's jewels is 'what Mummy would have wanted'

Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell, pictured on ITV's Lorraine, also spoke of how delighted he was at the news and said Harry giving Meghan an engagement ring containing Diana's jewels is 'what Mummy would have wanted'

Samantha has previously admitted she is writing a book about her life with her sister, but denied it would be negative.

Speaking to GMB last month, she said: 'Well, it is true that I'm writing a book and the title is accurate, what is not true [is] this unbelievable swell that's been created that it's some sort of slamming 'tell-all'.

'First of all it's only a tell-all in that I go through and recant some of the beautiful nuances of our lives, our family home. But more importantly it has to do with the inter-racial evolution of this country through the lens of my life and my family since the Civil Rights Act until present and how that intersects with this recent event with my sister, you know, my feelings about it, my family's feelings about it and how sad it was going through it all. But it's more of a beautiful, warm, witty story of our lives and my life.'

The mother-of-three, who uses a wheelchair and has multiple sclerosis, has previously revealed that the last time she saw her half-sister - the siblings share the same father, Thomas Markle - was at her graduation in 2008 after becoming a counselor.

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Full transcript: The proposal, meeting the Queen and how Diana and Meghan would have been 'best friends'

Interviewer: Your Royal Highness, Meghan Markle, congratulations to you both.

Meghan Markle: Thank you.

Interviewer [Int]: Can we start with the proposal and the actual moment of your engagement. When did it happen? How did it happen?

Prince Harry: It happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month, here at our cottage; just a standard typical night for us.

Meghan Markle: Just a cosy night, it was - what we were doing just roasting chicken and having ...

Prince Harry: Roasting a chicken, trying to roast a chicken.

Meghan Markle: Trying to roast a chicken and it just - just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee.

Prince Harry: Of course.

Int: Was it an instant yes from you?

Meghan Markle: Yes, as a matter of fact I could barely let you finish proposing, I said - 'can I say yes now'?

Prince Harry: She didn't even let me finish, she said 'can I say yes, can I say yes' and then were was hugs and I had the ring in my finger and I was like 'can I, can I give you the ring?' She goes - 'oh yes the ring'.

So no it was, it was a really nice moment, it was just the two of us and I think I managed to catch... catch her by surprise as well.

Meghan Markle: Yeah.

Int: And this is how long after you first met?

Meghan Markle: Oh it would be a year and a half, a little bit more than that?

Prince Harry: No just about - it would be about a year and a half, yeah.

Meghan Markle: Just about that?

Int: Which for most people would be quite a whirlwind, is that how it's felt to you?

Meghan Markle: I don't think that I would call it a whirlwind in terms of our relationship, obviously there have been layers attached to how public it has become after we had a good five, six months almost with just privacy, which was amazing.

But no, I think we were able to really have so much time just to connect and we never went longer than two weeks without seeing each other, even though we were obviously doing a long distance relationship. So it's - we made it work.

Int: How did you first meet?

Prince Harry: Ah yes, we first met - we were introduced actually by a mutual friend, who - we will ...

Meghan Markle: We should protect her privacy and not reveal too much of that.

Prince Harry: We'll protect her privacy yeah. And - but it was - it was literally - it was through her and then we met once and then twice back-to-back two dates in London, last July.

Meghan Markle: Yes.

Prince Harry: The beginning of July. And then it was I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana. And we - we camped out with each other under the stars, we spent - she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.

So, then we were really by ourselves which was crucial to me to make sure we had a chance to get to know each other.

Int: But the friend who introduced you, was she trying to set you up?

Meghan Markle: Yes, it was definitely a set-up. It was a blind date.

Prince Harry: It was definitely a set-up. It was a blind date for sure.

Meghan Markle: And it's so interesting because we talk about it now and even then you know, because I'm from the States you don't grow up with the same understanding of the royal family. And so, while I now understand very clearly there is a global interest there, I didn't know much about him and so the only thing that I had asked her when she said she wanted to set us up was, 'I have one question' which was, 'Well, is he nice?' 'cos if he wasn't kind it just didn't seem like it would make sense and so we went and we had a, met for a drink and I think very quickly into that we said, 'well what are we doing tomorrow? We should meet again.'

Prince Harry: What are we doing tomorrow? Let's meet again. And then it was like, right, diaries. We need to get the diaries out and find out how we're going to make this work, because I was off to Africa for a month, she was working. And we just said right where's the gap? And the gap happened to be in the perfect place.

Int: So how much did you, Prince Harry, know about Meghan? Had you seen her on TV?

Prince Harry: No. I'd never even heard about her until this friend said Meghan Markle. I was like 'right, okay, give me a bit of background ... what's going on here?' So no, I'd never watched Suits, I'd never heard of Meghan before, and I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her. And there she was sitting there... I was like okay well I'm going to have to up my game ... sit down and make sure I've got good chat.

Meghan Markle: I think for both of us though it was, it was really refreshing because, given that I didn't know a lot about him, everything that I've learned about him, I learned through him as opposed to having grown up around different news stories or tabloids or whatever else... anything I've learned about him and his family was what he would share with me and vice versa, so for both of us it was just a really authentic and organic way to get to know each other.

Int: And was that quite refreshing for you in the way that you've been brought up, with a lot of people knowing a lot about you, was it refreshing?

Prince Harry: Or thinking they know

Int: Or thinking they know.

Meghan Markle: Exactly

Prince Harry: It was hugely refreshing to be able to get to know someone who isn't necessarily within your circle, doesn't know much about me, I don't know much about her. So to be able to start almost afresh, right from the beginning, getting to know each other, step by step and then taking that huge leap of only two dates and then going effectively on holiday together in the middle of nowhere and you know sharing a tent together and all that kind of stuff. It was ... fantastic. It was absolutely amazing to get to know her as quickly as I did.

Int: And starting a long distance relationship, you (Meghan Markle) were working on Suits, you had, I imagine, a packed filming schedule, you've (Prince Harry) got lots of commitments of your own, how hard was it to keep things going?

Prince Harry: (exhales) It was, yeah.

Meghan Markle: It was just a choice, right. I think that, very early on when we realised we were going to commit to each other, we knew we had to invest the time and the energy and whatever it took to make that happen. And so yes with the filming schedule it was (laughs) not the easiest because it of course included a lot of travel back and forth.

Prince Harry: I don't think you've had any idea what time zone you've been on for the last year and a half.

Meghan Markle: No. (laughs)

Prince Harry: Coming over here four days or a week and then going back, and then straight into filming the next day, 4am wake-up calls on a Monday, straight into set.

Meghan Markle: Right off the plane and straight to set. And just coming back and doing it again.

Prince Harry: And just trying to stay as close as possible but you know on two different time zones. And five hours apart does have its challenges. But we made it work and now we're here so, we're thrilled.

Int: In the case of your relationship, unlike for most people, there's this whole layer of what it means to get involved with someone from the royal family. How much of a sense did you have Meghan of the enormity of what you were getting into? What it might mean for your life?

Meghan Markle: I think I can very safely say, as naive as it sounds now, having gone through this learning curve in the past year and a half, I did not have any understanding of just what it would be like. I don't think either of us did though, we both said that even though we knew that it would be...

Prince Harry: I tried... to warn you as much as possible but I think both of us were totally surprised by the reaction after the first five, six months when we had to ourselves of what actually happened from then. So I think you can have as many conversations as you want and try and prepare as much as possible but we were totally unprepared for what happened after that.

Int: The scrutiny?

Prince Harry: Well all sorts.

Meghan Markle: Well I mean, I think also, because ... there's a misconception that because I have worked in the entertainment industry that this would be something I would be familiar with. But even though I'd been on my show for six years at that point, and working before that, I have never been part of tabloid culture. I've never been in pop culture to that degree and lived a relatively quiet life even though I focused so much on my job and so that was a really stark difference out of the gate. But... and I think we were just hit so hard at the beginning with a lot of mistruths that I made the choice to not read anything, positive or negative it just didn't make sense and instead we focused all of our energies just on nurturing our relationship.

Prince Harry: On us.

Meghan Markle: On us.

Int: And some of that scrutiny - and you ended up making a very public statement about that - some of that scrutiny was centred around your ethnicity Meghan. When you realised that, what did you think?

Meghan Markle: Of course it's disheartening. You know it's a shame that that is the climate in this world, to focus that much on that , or that that would be discriminatory in that sense, but I think you know at the end of the day I'm really just proud of who I am and where I come from, and we have never put any focus on that we've just focused on who we are as a couple. And so when you take all those extra layers away, and all of that noise I think it makes it really easy to just enjoy being together and tune all the rest of that out.

Int: But now that it is all official, Prince Harry, do you have that sense that the combination of the two of you, your different backgrounds, that you together represent something new for the royal family?

Harry: I don't know if it's something new, I think it's, you know it's ... for me it's an added member of the family. It's another team player as part of the bigger team, and for all of us all we want to do is be able to carry out the right engagements, carry out our work and try and encourage others and the younger generation to be able to see the world in the correct sense rather than perhaps being, having a distorted view. So the fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that everything, all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect. It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life. And the fact, I know the fact that she'll be really unbelievably good at the job part of it as well is obviously a huge relief to me because she'll be able to deal with everything else that comes with it. But we're a fantastic team, we know we are, and we hope to over time try and have as much impact for all the things we care about as much as possible.

Meghan Markle: I am very excited about that, yeah.

Int: And Meghan given your acting and the profile you had, you've already been involved with various causes, you've been an ambassador for UN women. What about this new role? You're going to have a bigger platform, a bigger voice, what do you want to do with it?

Meghan Markle: I mean...

Prince Harry: Sing.

Meghan Markle: (laughs) Can you imagine? No. I'm not a singer. I think what's been really exciting is we talk about the transition of this, out of my career but into the role is that, as you said the causes that have been very important to me I can focus even more energy on, because very early out of the gate I think you realise once you have access or a voice that people are willing to listen to, with that comes a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously.

And at the same time I think in these beginning few months and now being boots on the ground in the UK I'm excited to just really get to know more about the different communities here, smaller organisations who are working on the same causes that I've always been passionate about under this umbrella, and also being able to go round the Commonwealth, I think it's just the beginning.

Prince Harry: There's a lot to do. There's a lot to do.

Int: And it's an immense change. You're getting a new country out of it. A husband, obviously.

Prince Harry: Sounds nice doesn't it?

Meghan Markle: It does sound nice.

Int: (to Meghan Markle) But also giving up your career.

Meghan Markle: Yes. But I don't see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change.

Prince Harry: It's a new challenge.

Meghan Markle: It's a new chapter. Right? And also, keep in mind, I've been working on my show for seven years, so we were very, very fortunate to be able to have that sort of longevity on a series, and for me, once we hit the 100th episode marker I thought 'You know what? I have ticked this box' and I feel really proud of the work I've done there and now it's time to, as you said, work as a team with you.

Int: But do you have that sense of responsibility, Prince Harry, for what you're asking Meghan to do?

Prince Harry: Of course, that sense of responsibility was essentially from day one or maybe a couple of months in, when I suddenly realised actually this is... I feel, I know that I'm in love with this girl, and I hope that she's in love with me, but we still had to sit down on the sofa. I still had to have some pretty frank conversations with her to say, you know what you're letting yourself in for, is ...it's a big deal and it's not...it's not easy for anybody. But I know that at the end of the day she chooses me, and I choose her, and therefore whatever we have to tackle together or individually we'll always be us together as a team, so I think she's capable...

Meghan Markle: That's so nicely said, isn't it?

Prince Harry: ...She's capable of anything

Meghan Markle: Thank you

Prince Harry: And together as I said there's a hell of a lot of stuff and work that needs doing. At the moment for us it's going to be making sure our relationship is always put first. But both of us have passions for wanting to make change, change for good, and with lots of young people running around the Commonwealth that's where we're going to spend most of our time hopefully.

Meghan Markle: And it was really one of the first things we connected on. It was one of the first things we started talking about when we met was just the different things that we wanted to do in the world and how passionate we were about seeing change. I think that was, that's what's got date two in the books probably (laughs).

Prince Harry: Plenty to talk about.

Int: Children?

Prince Harry: Not currently, no. No, of course, you know, I think one step at a time, and hopefully we'll start a family in the near future.

Int: You've met each other's families I imagine?

Meghan Markle: Yes, his family's been so welcoming.

Prince Harry: You've met quite a few of them actually.

Meghan Markle: I have, on both sides of his family, his mum's side as well, which has been really important to me too. But yes, the family has been great, and over the past year and a half we've just had a really nice time getting to know them and progressively helping me feel a part of, not just the institution, but also part of the family which has been really special.

Prince Harry: Trying to track them down and make sure that they're around at the same time that she's popping in without telling too many people ... we've managed, we've actually done incredibly well to make sure that you've met all the key people.

Int: So does that mean a lot of the time that you've been together in this last year and a half, you've been at home a lot?

Prince Harry: Yes, we've had to sort of reverse the whole process, and cosy nights in, in front of the television, cooking dinner just the two of us by ourselves in our little cottage, rather than going out for dinner and being seen in public, so we have, we've reversed the whole process which ... it's provided different opportunities, and it's made us a hell of a lot closer in a shorter space of time without question.

Meghan Markle: That's true.

Prince Harry: So if anybody else at home is listening then maybe slow down on dates and maybe spend more time at home. But, for us, it's an opportunity to really get to know each other without other people looking or trying to take photos on their phones and all that kind of stuff. That comes with the job, comes with the role.

Meghan Markle: And we were able to really get to know each other that way, but also then to go and have friends over for dinner or to go to his family's for tea or.... any of those sort of things and even you know just to take the time to be able to go on long country walks and just talk.

Prince Harry: We've been all over the place.

Int: Have you met the Queen?

Meghan Markle: I have, yes.

Prince Harry: A couple of times.

Meghan Markle: Yes, true, a couple of times.

Int: What was that like?

Meghan Markle: It's incredible, I think, you know, a) to be able to meet her through his lens, not just with his honour and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother, all of those layers have been so important for me so that when I met her I had such a deep understanding and of course incredible respect for being able to have that time with her. And we've had a really, she's, she's an incredible woman.

Prince Harry: And the corgis took to you straight away.

Meghan Markle: That's true.

Prince Harry: I've spent the last 33 years being barked at; this one walks in, absolutely nothing ...

Meghan Markle: Just laying on my feet during tea, it was very sweet.

Prince Harry: ... just wagging tails and I was just like argh.

Int: That has to be a good sign. Speaking of dogs, have you brought yours to the UK?

Meghan Markle: Well I have two dogs that I've had for quite a long time, both my rescue pups. And one is now staying with very close friends and my other little guy is, yes he's in the UK, he's been here for a while.

Int: Okay, let's hope he adjusts well.

Meghan Markle: I think he's doing just fine.

Int: What was it like introducing Meghan to your father and your brother?

Prince Harry: What was it like? It was exciting I mean I've, you know I'd been seeing her for a period of time when I, literally didn't tell anybody at all. And then William was longing to meet her and so was Catherine, so you know being our neighbours we managed to get that in a couple of, well quite a few times now and Catherine has been absolutely ...

Meghan Markle: She's been wonderful.

Prince Harry: ... amazing, as has William as well, you know, fantastic support. And then my - my father as well, we had a couple of - no more than that ...

Meghan Markle: We've had ...

Prince Harry: ... A handful of teas and meetings and all sorts of gatherings over at his place as well. So no the family together have been absolutely, you know, a solid support and my grandparents as well have been, have been wonderful throughout this whole process and they've known for quite some time. So how they, how they haven't told anybody is, is again a miracle in itself. But now the whole family have come together and have been a huge amount of support.

Meghan Markle: They've been amazing.

Int: And Meghan your parents, do you think - you know while very happy for you obviously ...

Meghan Markle: Yes.

Int: ... Do you think they have worried at all about the scale of what you're getting into?

Meghan Markle: Well I'm sure the onset, both my parents and my close friends were concerned, because we got very quickly swept up in a media storm that, as I shared, was not part of my life before that, but they also had never seen me so happy. And I think also once my friends, excuse me, were able to, to really meet Harry, and my mom, who we've spent a lot of time with, who is so much fun.

Prince Harry: Her mum's amazing.

Meghan Markle: It was just - you know it was just obvious that no matter what we were being put through that it was just temporary and that we were going to be able to get through that. So everybody was really happy. And he's talked to my dad a few times, hasn't been able to meet him just yet, but it's all been, it's all been worth every effort.

Prince Harry: Yeah, yeah it's been great.

Int: Your ring.

Meghan Markle: Oh yes.

Int: Tell us about your ring.

Prince Harry: The ring is - is obviously yellow gold because that's what - her favourite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the - the little diamonds either side are from my mother's jewellery collection to make sure that she's with us on this - on this crazy journey together. And ...

Meghan Markle: It's beautiful, and he designed it, it's incredible.

Prince Harry: Yeah, make sure it stays on that finger.

Meghan Markle: Of course.

Int: What does it mean to you Meghan to have those stones on your finger that once belonged to Princess Diana?

Meghan Markle: 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.

Int: What do you think your mother would have thought of Meghan, or said about Meghan?

Prince Harry: 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 Markle: She's with us.

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

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