When the news that Prince Harry was dating American suits actress Megan Markle broke, I completely disregarded the story. I saw the headlines and the posts on twitter and Instagram but didn’t click on a single link. With nothing against Megan, who I hadn’t heard of having never seen Suits, I thought it was just more tabloid fodder, like the stories linking Harry in the preceding months to actresses such as Emma Watson and Margot Robbie.
That was until ‘that’ statement by Harry was released by Kensington Palace. Not a polished official announcement put together by the Kensington Palace PR team, the statement showed a very upset boyfriend wanting to protect someone he was very much in love with, perhaps with some fear as well that his new girlfriend would decide that the intrusion into her privacy, along with the racist undertones many of the stories were along the lines of, would be all too much and she may decide to not continue with the relationship. Luckily for Harry that was not the case. Despite the pair being rarely seen in public, they have not spent more then two weeks apart at a time. Retreating to the privacy of their homes and a camping trip in Africa, the two have been able to develop a relationship largely out of the public eye. Culminating in hearts breaking all over the world yesterday as their engagement was announced, starting with an official statement released by the palace, followed by a photo call and official interview to mark the occasion.Embed from Getty Images
Stepping out hand in hand in a stunning white wrap coat by Canadian brand Line, into the sunken gardens of Kensington Palace, a favourite spot of Princess Diana’s, Megan glowed as she waved for the cameras and showed off her engagement ring, containing a large diamond Harry sourced from Botswana, flanked by another two diamonds taken from Diana’s personal jewellery collection, which the Price had designed himself and proposed to the actress with one night at home whilst they were roasting a chicken.Embed from Getty Images
The two later gave their official engagement interview. With Megan’s experience in front of the camera, it is no surprise that she gave an incredibly polished, professional and personable interview. She has shown right from the start she is more then capable of handling the official duties which will now be required as she becomes a member of the Royal family. With a long-standing interest in charity work, having worked with the United Nations on gender equality and the empowerment of women and travelling to Rwanda for World Vision Canada’s clean water campaign, she is no doubt currently reviewing the charities and organisations she wishes to become involved with. Being much more used to public speaking and the spotlight then Kate Middleton was at the time of her engagement/wedding, I would expect to see Megan quite quickly out of the gate promoting the charities and issues she is passionate about. It was lovely to see prince Harry, who has not always had an easy relationship with the media. Looking happy and relaxed in front of the camera.
What can we expect from here? We know the wedding will be held in the British spring. With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third baby due in April, we may be looking at a May wedding, though no official details have yet been announced including the venue. Will the wedding be televised? Again, we do not know. Whilst there is much international interest, Harry is not really in line for the throne anymore, pushed further down the line with each Cambridge baby so he may be allowed to have a more private wedding as his cousin Zara Phillips did when she married rugby player Mike Tindall. If it is a televised event I look forward to hosting a Royal wedding viewing tea party just as I am sure many of you are already planning as well.Embed from Getty Images
What we know we can expect from here though until there are more official details is lots of tabloid stories comparing Megan to another American actress who married a Prince, Grace Kelly. No doubt there will be comparisons as well to the last American divorcee to marry into the British Royal family, Wallis Simpson. Then eventually there will no doubt be the stories of a jealous Kate, pushed out of the spotlight by her new glamorous sister in law. Harry has confirmed in the couple’s engagement interview that Kate and Megan get along very well, and she has been very supportive of them. Kate has always been a bit of a homebody, preferring life out of the spotlight so I am sure she is more than happy to share some of the media attention normally lavished onto her with Megan. With the media engaged elsewhere it may even give Kate a bit more freedom to hit the shops at High street or walk the kids through Kensington Park, as she used to.Embed from Getty Images
I have been surprised by the number of messages I have received since news of the engagement broke, from both Royal watchers and non-royal watchers asking me how I feel about the engagement and expressing a dislike for Megan or surprise thinking the two weren’t that serious. I am thrilled with the news, particularly after seeing how happy Harry is. I look forward to seeing how Megan adapts to Royal life and the charities she will champion. I look forward to seeing Prince George and Princess Charlotte taking an official part in Uncle Harrys wedding just as they did with Aunt Pippa. I can’t wait to see what Kate will wear to the wedding! I am sure after seeing how confident and happy the two were during the interview, some people who believed Megan might not be a good fit for the Royal family or capable of fulfilling the role, have changed their opinion. Possibly there was some surprise from non-regular royal watchers due to how infrequently the two were seen in public, however the privacy of their relationship was a signal to regular royal watcher just how serious the relationship was. I’m sure as the public get to know Megan more they will warm to her, at least once we all get over our broken hearts now that Harry is off the market………..
What was your reaction when you heard about the royal engagement?