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All the Exciting Things We Can Expect Now That Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Engaged

Any bride or groom knows that the engagement is the easy part: choose a ring, say yes, jump up and down, tell EVERYONE. Done! But then come the endless decisions: finding a location, choosing a dress, keeping the guest list below Coachella-esque numbers . . . Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged, they will have many of the usual concerns as they plan their big day, but given their unusual circumstances, there are plenty of other areas they'll need to address, too.

Firstly, since the announcement was made, Meghan's security detail was likely immediately stepped up. Following her first official appearance with Harry at the recent Invictus Games, Meghan was drafted a security detail for the first time, but it is currently paid for by her Suits bosses. Since she's now betrothed to a member of the royal family, it makes sense that they'd start picking up the bill.

The usual early decisions about wedding venue and date will also apply to Harry and Meghan. They have a number of churches, abbeys, and cathedrals at their disposal, and each will need to be assessed according to the couple's personal preference, the size of their guest list, and their security issues. The date - which is currently set for sometime in Spring 2018 - obviously won't clash with any big royal events such as Ascot, Trooping the Colour, or any scheduled state visits (although it's certainly close to Kate Middleton's due date).

Royal engagements are always brief - usually no longer than six months - so personal decisions about dress and theme will need to be made pretty quickly. The honeymoon will also need to be decided on in the early stages so that security can be arranged. An advance team of personal protection officers will need to make an planning trip to flag up and address any areas of concern. Overseas bachelor and bachelorette parties are increasingly popular, so if Harry or Meghan want to follow in the footsteps of Pippa Middleton (who celebrated her bachelorette in Courchevel, France), this will also need to be agreed upon early on so that the necessary security trips can be put into place.

There's no doubt that Meghan has already been prepped for life in the royal family and has had access to assorted advisers, but with the engagement announced, her involvement will really ramp up. Soon after they are married, she'll take on a set of patronages, and in order to do this, she'll need to do research, take meetings, and make visits in order to choose the charities she would most like to be involved in.

In order to ease Meghan into royal life and introduce her to the people of the UK, she will likely go on a handful of official engagements alongside Prince Harry before their wedding. Between William and Kate's engagement and wedding, they made sure to undertake visits to Scotland (to their former university, St. Andrews), Northern Ireland (for pancake flipping during a charity visit on Shrove Tuesday), Wales (where they launched a lifeboat in Anglesey), and England (where they attended a charity gala).

Plans for their first royal tour are probably already springing into action as well. When William and Kate married, they went on their first tour to Canada just three months later, and it's likely Harry and Meghan will hit the road soon after their big day, too.

Meghan has already met Harry's father, Prince Charles, and grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. She's also become close with William and Kate, who shared their excitement about the engagement via Twitter. Harry has also met Meghan's mother, but a meeting that could well be set up between engagement and wedding would be between all the parents. So, it's likely that Charles and Camilla will meet Meghan's mother, Doria, and father, Tom, ahead of the wedding so they aren't meeting for the first time on the big day.

The guest list will take a long time to hash out. Harry's wedding will not be a state occasion, but diplomacy will still be required when it comes to who gets an invite. Royal wedding invitations are always sent out incredibly close to the day - William and Kate's were posted just two months before their wedding. In the run-up to the event, it's likely that keen royal fans would start camping out around where the wedding is to be held, so barriers will be erected and additional security measures undertaken.

According to tradition, the couple will spend the night before their wedding apart. Harry could either stay at his home in Kensington Palace or follow in his brother's footsteps and stay the night at his father's home, Clarence House. If he is with his father, then Meghan might stay at Kensington Palace, or she could take her lead from Kate and stay in a nearby London hotel.

See? Just your totally normal, completely average wedding.

When Harry Met Meghan: Pals Tell All On Prince’s Obsession With The American Actress

Meghan Markle shocked the world when she announced her engagement to Prince Harry this November.

The actress-turned-princess quickly became the symbol of hope for many mixed-raced Americans and women everywhere.

While her estranged sister claimed Meghan had always dreamt of marrying a royal, it seems Harry was the one who first caught interest in the gorgeous star.

In REELZ’s new episode, When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Romance, friends of the former Suits star open up about how her first meeting with her royal fiancé came about. Apparently, the Prince described his soon-to-be bride as his “ideal woman,” long before their first date.

“He had a crush on Rachel Zane [Meghan’s character in Suits] two years before he met Meghan Markle,” says royal biographer Katie Nicholl in the show teaser. “The reason I know that is because I was having drinks with one of his friends and she told me she’d been on a night out with Prince Harry. He was single at the time. She said to him ‘so, you know Harry, who’s your ideal girl?’ and he said ‘Meghan Markle, from Suits.’”

When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Romance airs Monday December 18 at 9ET/PT on REELZ.

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When Harry Met Meghan: Pals Tell All On Prince’s Obsession With The American Actress

Meghan Markle shocked the world when she announced her engagement to Prince Harry this November.

The actress-turned-princess quickly became the symbol of hope for many mixed-raced Americans and women everywhere.

While her estranged sister claimed Meghan had always dreamt of marrying a royal, it seems Harry was the one who first caught interest in the gorgeous star.

In REELZ’s new episode, When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Romance, friends of the former Suits star open up about how her first meeting with her royal fiancé came about. Apparently, the Prince described his soon-to-be bride as his “ideal woman,” long before their first date.

“He had a crush on Rachel Zane [Meghan’s character in Suits] two years before he met Meghan Markle,” says royal biographer Katie Nicholl in the show teaser. “The reason I know that is because I was having drinks with one of his friends and she told me she’d been on a night out with Prince Harry. He was single at the time. She said to him ‘so, you know Harry, who’s your ideal girl?’ and he said ‘Meghan Markle, from Suits.’”

When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Romance airs Monday December 18 at 9ET/PT on REELZ.

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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Wedding Date Revealed!

Meghan Markle Prince Harry Wedding Date

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding date has finally been confirmed!

“His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May 2018,” Kensington Palace announced on Twitter this Friday morning.

“Today’s announcement follows earlier confirmation of the month of the wedding and its location at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle,” the statement continued.

As RadarOnline.com readers know, the news of Meghan and Harry’s engagement broke late this November.

PHOTOS: The Royal Family Revealed: Secrets William, Kate & Harry Don’t Want You To Know

Ever since, the two lovebirds have moved extremely quickly with their plans – prompting fans to believe they could be having a shotgun wedding.

The same day Meghan, 36, and Harry, 33, shared their happy news, they sat down for a tell-all interview to speak of their relationship. The next day, they announced their wedding location, and soon after disclosed their plans to move into a new home and celebrate Christmas together.

Do you think Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are rushing down the aisle? Sound off in the comments below.

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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Wedding Date Revealed!

Meghan Markle Prince Harry Wedding Date

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding date has finally been confirmed!

“His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May 2018,” Kensington Palace announced on Twitter this Friday morning.

“Today’s announcement follows earlier confirmation of the month of the wedding and its location at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle,” the statement continued.

As RadarOnline.com readers know, the news of Meghan and Harry’s engagement broke late this November.

PHOTOS: The Royal Family Revealed: Secrets William, Kate & Harry Don’t Want You To Know

Ever since, the two lovebirds have moved extremely quickly with their plans – prompting fans to believe they could be having a shotgun wedding.

The same day Meghan, 36, and Harry, 33, shared their happy news, they sat down for a tell-all interview to speak of their relationship. The next day, they announced their wedding location, and soon after disclosed their plans to move into a new home and celebrate Christmas together.

Do you think Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are rushing down the aisle? Sound off in the comments below.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Set the Date For Their Wedding

We have a royal wedding date! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced that they will wed at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018. Kensington Palace announced the news with a statement on Twitter, accompanied by a picture of the happy couple.

Harry and Meghan announced their engagement at the end of November and wasted no time in making their first official appearance together and taking part in their first TV interview as a couple. They'll soon spend Christmas together as guests of the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Harry and Meghan’s Road to Romance: See How Their Lives Intertwined, Side by Side

Separated by an ocean and born three years apart, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle led very different lives - until in 2016, when the stars aligned, a mutual friend acted as matchmaker, and they met for the first time. So at pivotal times in their lives, what was happening with the other at the exact same time? What was Harry's life like when Meghan was dealing with her parent's separation, and what was Meghan doing when Harry's parents split? What was Meghan up to when Harry was serving in Afghanistan, and how was Harry spending his time when Meghan landed her first big acting role in Suits? We're taking a look at their individual roads to romance.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Relationship Timeline Proves That When You Know, You Know

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced their engagement, and even though we've all had to put our own ambitions about marrying Prince Harry to bed, the silver lining is that we'll be getting one badass, philanthropic American princess - and that has a lot of people psyched for various reasons. The main reason is that these two seem truly, deliriously happy and in love. The evidence: oh, just everything they've said about each other and how quickly - or efficiently - their relationship has moved. Here is a timeline of their relationship milestones that'll make you believe in the adage of "when you know, you know."

May 2016: The Prince and the Actress Meet

Harry and Meghan were set up by a mutual friend in May of 2016, in Toronto, the city where she filmed her series Suits and where Harry was launching the 2017 Invictus Games.

Summer to Fall 2016: Meeting the Parents

Though the biggest royal family meeting wouldn't come for a while, Harry was introduced to the most important woman in Meghan's life when he met her mom over the Summer, shortly after they started dating. Meghan reportedly met Prince Charles in September 2016, and soon after, she met Harry's big brother, Prince William, in November.

November 2016: Harry Publicly Confirms Their Relationship

After news broke that Meghan and Harry were dating, Meghan was subjected to nasty attacks in the tabloids and on social media. Despite being quite private, Harry gallantly - and very publicly - defended Meghan in a statement on the Kensington Palace Twitter account, urging the media and public to respect his new girlfriend's privacy. It just so happened to be the first time he publicly called her his girlfriend.

December 2016: Spotted!

Even though the general public had known about the relationship for months by then, it wasn't until December 2016 that that the two were spotted together, out on a date in London. The two traveled back and forth between his home in London and hers in Toronto, nurturing their long-distance relationship. She also started wearing a necklace with his and her initials on it in the cutest (and most fashionable) subliminal declaration of love.

March 2017: Meghan Becomes Harry's Plus One

Is there anything more official in a relationship than becoming your new BF's wedding date? The couple hit that milestone in March, when Meghan came to a wedding of a friend of Harry's in Jamaica. Two months later, she also attended an even bigger wedding when she came to Pippa Middleton's wedding reception as Harry's date.

Image Source: Getty / Karwai Tang

September 2017: Their First Public Event as a Couple

Over a year after they started dating, Meghan and Harry attended their first public event together, the 2017 Invictus Games. They even showed a little PDA after the event.

September 2017: Meghan Gives Her First Interview About Harry

Just after the Invictus Games, Meghan opened up to Vanity Fair about Harry, saying, "We're two people who are really happy and in love," marking the first time she spoke about him publicly. Meanwhile, rumors were beginning to spread that she would be leaving her TV series Suits.

Image Source: Vanity Fair / Peter Lindbergh

October 2017: Meghan Meets the Queen!

Over a year after Meghan and Harry had met their other important family members, Meghan finally met the queen, and it happened in the most British, most royal way: they had tea together.

November 2017: They're Engaged!

Which brings us to today: after that fortuitous meeting with the queen, Meghan and Harry announced their engagement, posing for fairy-tale-worthy engagement photos and giving an interview about their relationship. The romantic proposal was private and sweet and took place in early November.

Image Source: Getty / Daniel Leal-Olivas

2018: The Wedding!

Next up is Meghan and Harry's wedding, which will take place in Spring 2018 (which is also when Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child is due). Even though we know this royal wedding will be much more low-key than Prince William's, it doesn't make us any less excited for it.

Anatomy of a Royal Engagement: Behind the Scenes of Harry and Meghan’s Big News

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It's the news that royal fans have been waiting 392 days to hear: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged! Just over a year after their relationship became public in October 2016, the office of Harry's father, Prince Charles, made the announcement. Behind the simple statement of "His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle" lies a long list of to-dos that needed to be ticked off before the news was made official.

Meeting the Parents

In order to get to the point where an engagement was possible, the couple needed to rack up a few milestones so that everything could be deemed "proper." One of the most important was meeting each other's families. It's likely that Harry met Meghan's mother, Doria, during one of his visits to stay with Meghan in Toronto, while for Meghan it was about meeting Harry's brother, William, his father, Prince Charles, and his grandmother the queen. Meghan revealed in their engagement interview that she has spent lots of time with William and Kate over the past 18 months and accompanied Harry to meet up with Prince Charles a handful of times as well. It was reported that she then met the queen for the first time in September at Buckingham Palace.

A Few Formalities

In conjunction with the usual signs of a relationship getting serious - such as meeting each others' families - royal status calls for a couple of formalities to be taken care of too. It's likely that since the relationship has, from the beginning, moved along at a brisk pace, Harry and Meghan would have discussed marriage before Harry proposed, and when they knew they were heading very firmly in that direction, they made their first public appearance, when Meghan accompanied Harry to various Invictus Games events in September.

They will have needed to wait a while rather than rushing into marriage, too. In the past, royal relationships have been a bit of a whirlwind: Princess Anne, Prince Charles, and Prince Andrew all married when they had been dating for just one year, but after those three marriages all ended in divorce, it's likely that Harry would have been strongly advised to wait until at least the one-year mark before proposing - meaning that by the time he and Meghan marry next Spring, they will have been together for two years. As their relationship became serious, Meghan would have also had palace advisers on hand to brief her on her shifting profile.

The Royal Seal of Approval

Once Harry had decided to to ask Meghan for her hand in marriage, he was faced with something of a royal obstacle course that lay between his proposal and his wedding day. First up: getting permission from the queen. The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 means members of the royal family need permission from the monarch in order to marry, and although these days it's more of a formality, it still needed to happen. Her majesty's permission comes in the form of an Instrument of Consent, which is written out in ornate calligraphy and marked with her red wax Seal of the Realm.

Permission From the Bride-to-Be's Parents

Tradition dictates that any potential husband-to-be should ask for permission to marry from the parents of his intended, and although this practice is now pretty relaxed, Harry would want to do things "properly" - and the announcement from the palace stated: "Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle's parents." It isn't yet known whether this occurred before the proposal - as is tradition - or afterward, which is what Prince William did when he proposed to Kate Middleton. His reason? As he revealed in his engagement interview, "I was torn between asking Kate's dad first and then the realization that he might actually say 'no' dawned upon me. So I thought if I ask Kate first, then he can't really say no. So I did it that way round. I managed to speak to Mike soon after it happened really and then it sort of happened from there."

Choosing the Ring

Selecting an engagement ring is never going to be easy for a husband-to-be, but in Harry's case, there was a whole other layer of considerations, as royal engagement rings are usually steeped in history and personal meaning. When his grandfather Prince Philip proposed to the queen, he used a ring made up of diamonds from a tiara which had belonged to his mother. When Prince Charles proposed to Camilla Parker-Bowles, he selected a ring that had belonged to his grandmother, the queen mother, and when William proposed to Kate, he of course chose Princess Diana's iconic 12-carat sapphire. By selecting two diamonds from Diana's collection for the ring he helped design, Harry clearly wanted to continue the family tradition.

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Telling Friends and Family

Although they like to keep their happy news to themselves for a while, there are certain people the royal couple tell before the news becomes public. Immediate family and very close friends would have been on Harry and Meghan's list.

Informing the Prime Minister

It was reported that Prime Minister Theresa May had been informed a week before the royal engagement, and it is usually protocol to inform the sitting PM. On the day the news broke, Theresa tweeted, "I would like to offer my very warmest congratulations to HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upon their engagement. This is a time of huge celebration for two people in love and, on behalf of myself, the Government and the country, I wish them great happiness for the future."

Official Engagement Portraits

Having formal engagement photos taken in a private setting is common practice among senior royal family members. They are usually taken before the announcement so that they can swiftly be supplied to the press to quell the demand for perfectly posed pictures of the couple - and in them, the couple is likely to be more relaxed and polished than they are at their press call.

Breaking the News

It's traditional for the parents to break the news, and in both William's and Harry's cases, the announcement came from Prince Charles's office at St. James's Palace. Simultaneously, the announcement was made across all royal social media platforms.

Stepping Into the Spotlight

The final part of a royal engagement process is that the couple get suited and booted to meet the world's media during a press call. For the queen and Prince Philip, it was at Buckingham Palace; for William and Kate, it was at St. James's Palace; and for Harry and Meghan, it was in the gardens of Kensington Palace. As was the case with William and Kate and Harry and Meghan, a television interview was recorded directly afterward with someone already known to the couple. Once the engagement itself is done and dusted, it's simply on to the small matter of planning a royal wedding.

See Harry and Meghan’s Royally Sweet Engagement Photos Side by Side With Will and Kate’s

After officially announcing their engagement on Monday morning, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a celebratory appearance at Kensington Palace. Harry and Meghan definitely had that newly engaged glow as they held hands and Meghan showed off her stunning engagement ring. In addition to their outing being extra adorable, it instantly reminded us of when Prince William and Kate Middleton stepped out to celebrate their engagement at St. James's Palace back in November 2010.

While there were many similarities in the way both couples gazed lovingly into each other's eyes and held onto their other halves' arms, there were also a few differences. For starters, Meghan and Harry chose to have their engagement photocall outside at the Sunken Garden and Will and Kate had theirs inside at St. James's Palace. Kate also wore a blue wrap dress for the occasion, while Meghan opted for a white trench coat. And then there are the rings. Kate's engagement ring includes a 12-carat sapphire that once belonged to Princess Diana. Meghan's ring, on the other hand, features a center-stone diamond from Botswana and two smaller diamonds from Harry's personal collection, which was given to him by Diana. Keep reading to see Harry and Meghan's engagement photocall side by side with Will and Kate's.

Prince Charles Made a “Joke” After Harry’s Birth That Actually Broke Diana’s Heart

Princess Diana was many things to many people, but above all else, she was an adoring and doting mother of two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. While much is known about Diana's special connection with her boys, there's one thing people may not know about Harry's birth in particular: Prince Charles "desperately" wanted a little girl, and Diana, knowing that she was carrying a baby boy, kept the secret from her husband throughout her entire pregnancy.

About a year after Prince William was born in June 1982, Diana was under pressure to produce a spare to the heir. In September 1983, Buckingham Palace announced that Diana was pregnant for a second time, but sadly, she suffered a miscarriage later that week while at the Balmoral estate in Scotland. Cut to early 1984, when Charles and Diana found out that they were expecting again. During her difficult pregnancy, Diana told friends, "I don't think I'm made for the production line, but it's all worth it in the end."

In September 1984, Diana gave birth to a baby boy, Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor, after nine hours of labor and zero drugs. In Andrew Morton's Diana: Her True Story, the princess revealed her husband's "dismay" after welcoming their second child: "Charles always wanted a girl," she said. "Harry was a boy. His first comment was, 'Oh God, it's a boy.' His second: 'And he's even got red hair.'" Charles discounted the comment as a joke, but Diana was extremely hurt and offended: not only had she just endured nine f*cking hours of natural birth, but her older sisters and younger brother, Earl Spencer, all happen to have red hair, a trait that runs in the Spencer family. What's worse, at Harry's christening in December, Charles reportedly told Diana's mother, "We were so disappointed - we thought it would be a girl."

Diana went on to explain that she and Charles were "the closest we've ever, ever been and ever will be" in the weeks before Harry was born, adding, "Then, suddenly, as Harry was born, it just went bang, our marriage. The whole thing went down the drain." She went on to admit that "something inside me closed off," after Harry's birth - especially because Charles had picked up his longtime affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. "By then, I knew Charles had gone back to his lady," she said of the rekindled romance.

Harry's red hair led many to believe that his biological father was actually James Hewitt, an English Army captain who was hired to teach Diana, William, and Harry horseback riding. While Diana and James did carry on an affair in the late '80s, they didn't meet until two years after Harry's birth. And Charles's desire for a baby girl has held strong after all these years, as evidenced by his excitement over the birth of Princess Charlotte in 2015. "I was hoping for a granddaughter - someone to look after me when I am very old," he told reporters during a public engagement that year. "I am really rather thrilled."

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