Prince Harry Engaged to American Actress Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watching a tennis match in Toronto

"His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle", Clarence House said in a statement. Here's five things we learned about their relationship.

Harry and Markle kept their relationship fairly secret until the prince proved his loyalty by blasting the hateful comments being directed towards his new love. "He got on one knee", Ms Markle said. "This ring is truly priceless with unmatched cultural significance", she said in an email.

And it was an instant "yes" from Ms Markle.

Ms Markle is best known for her starring role in the United States series Suits - although Prince Harry admitted he'd never watched the drama.

"A three-carat diamond like that should cost around $200,000, through the diamond qualities us non-Royal folk usually go with would allow us to get a similar sized diamond for about $80,000", Fried said. "We know this particular coat is one of her favorite pieces so we have officially chose to name it the 'Meghan'".

After the couple had met for their first date they organised to see each other the following day, and Harry said he knew Markle was "the one" immediately.

The couple revealed that they first met when they were set up by a female friend. "It's incredible. obviously not being able to meet his mum, it's so important to me to know that she's a part of this with us", Markle said, turning to Harry as she spoke about the ring.

Harry, who popped the question earlier this month, proposed with a ring he personally designed featuring two diamonds which once belonged to Diana. "I was like, "OK well I'm going to have to really up my game here", Harry said.

Markle showed off her three-stone engagement ring set in yellow gold, which features a diamond from Botswana and two other gems from the collection of his mother, Diana, who died in a auto crash in 1997.

"It was definitely a set up - it was a blind date", Markle said. "This handsome woman just tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life". I see it as a change.

"I did not have any understanding of just what it would be like", she said, saying there was a misconception that because she was an actress she would be used to being in the media spotlight.

She said the pair were enjoying a "special" time together, adding: "I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time".

They talked about forging a new role for themselves as a couple, focusing on the humanitarian causes over which they first bonded.

The brothers have been much more open about their personal lives than other members of the royal family.

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