After a year and a half of dating, Harry, 33, proposed to Meghan, 36, during what they described as a "typical night" at home. As they revealed in a BBC News interview, they were "roasting a chicken" at their Kensington Palace cottage earlier this month when Harry got down on one knee. He gave the Suits actress a ring of his own design, using a center stone he sourced from Botswana, flanked by two smaller diamonds—from his mother's Princess Diana's archives.
During their courtship, they did their best to "stay as close as possible, but on two different time zones," Harry explained. "Five hours apart does have its challenges, but we made it work." Meghan was filming USA's Suits in Toronto, often reporting directly to set at 4 a.m. after long flights. Harry, meanwhile, was carrying out royal engagements in the U.K. and other territories.
Meghan will now leave her acting career behind to focus building a new life as a royal philanthropist. She isn't just entering into a marriage—she's entering into a royal marriage, one that comes with a certain set of expectations and responsibilities. Harry was born into the spotlight, of course, so he's been coaching her on how to handle her newfound fame. "I think I can very safely say, as naïve 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," Meghan said. Turning to his fiancée, Harry said, "I tried to warn you as much as possible, but I think both of us were totally surprised by the reaction [to our relationship]."