Prince Harry secretly proposed to Meghan Markle months before their official announcement, claims new book

Prince Harry reportedly proposed to Meghan the summer before their official announcement - around a year after they got together

Prince Harry secretly proposed to Meghan Markle months before their official announcement, claims new book
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Prince Harry (opens in new tab) and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) announced their engagement in November 2017 but a new book has claimed that Harry secretly got down on one knee months before.

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in 2018 (opens in new tab), no one could have predicted what the coming years would hold for the pair. After meeting on Friday the 1st July 2016 on a blind date set-up by a mutual friend, the budding couple spent the evening at Soho House's Dean Street Townhouse (opens in new tab) and 16 months later, on the 27th of November, announced their engagement to the world.

A royal statement shared the happy news alongside a picture of the beaming pair in the garden at Kensington Palace. The Palace's announcement read, "His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle's parents."

Prince Harry secretly proposed to Meghan Markle months before their official announcement, claims new book

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However, a new book has now claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were engaged in secret, months before their big public announcement, but did not want anyone to know.

According to Valentine Low's new book Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown, which is available for pre-oder on Amazon now (opens in new tab), the couple got engaged around four months before the announcement, meaning the pair would have been dating for less than a year when Harry asked the actress to be his wife.

In the book, Low discusses Meghan's interview with Vanity Fair that took place in October of 2017, stating that Meghan had already agreed to marry Harry when she appeared on the magazine's cover to confirm they were dating.

She writes, "The interview was, in effect, Meghan’s big launch. The couple were not officially engaged — though everyone in Kensington Palace knew they had been privately engaged since the late summer — but this was Meghan putting herself out there in a confident, pro-active way."

Prince Harry secretly proposed to Meghan Markle months before their official announcement, claims new book

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Prince Harry designed Meghan's engagement ring himself, including two diamonds which belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana, as was confirmed in the happy couple's engagement announcement.

The pair got married on Saturday the 19th of May, 2018 in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle while 49.1 million viewers across the globe tuned in to see them exchange vows.

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