Queens nine-word response to Prince Harry over life-changing Meghan Markle request revealed
Six years ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, a moment that would change their lives forever. They shared this joyous news at Kensington Palace, where Meghan proudly displayed her sparkling engagement ring.
During their interview, Harry was visibly overjoyed, likely because Meghan had accepted his proposal. However, his proposal process was a bit more complex than most, as he needed to seek permission from the late Queen, as is required for the first six people in line for the throne.
This meant that Harry had to ask his late grandmother, the Queen, for her blessing before he could present Meghan with her ring. In his memoir Spare, he recounts the moment he gathered the courage to discuss this with his grandmother and her 'cryptic' nine-word response.
In his book, Harry shares that he chose to discuss his plans to propose to Meghan during a family shooting trip in Sandringham, hoping it would put the late Queen in a 'good mood'. After the shoot, he managed to have a private chat with his grandmother.
He recalls telling her: "I've been told that I have to ask your permission before I can propose". The Queen's response was: "You have to?" and after a pause, she said: "Well then, I suppose I have to say yes." Harry admits he was puzzled by her answer, wondering if she was being sarcastic or indulging in wordplay.
He writes: "I didn't get it. Was she being sarcastic? Ironic? Deliberately cryptic? Was she indulging in a bit of wordplay? I'd never known Granny to do any wordplay and this would be a surpassingly bizarre moment (not to mention widely inconvenient) for her to start, but maybe she just saw the chance to play off my unfortunate use of the word 'have' and couldn't resist".
Harry described himself as a 'muppet' when he finally understood Meghan's 'yes' to his proposal. He thanked her, calling it 'fabulous'. The prince then designed the ring using two diamonds from Princess Diana's collection and one from Botswana.
The proposal happened during a cosy night in at their Kensington Palace home. They cooked a chicken and sat under the stars with candles. But Harry nearly spoiled the surprise by opening champagne.
In their Netflix show, he said: "I did pop a bottle of champagne while she was roasting a chicken and that kind of slightly gave the game away. She was like, 'You never drink champagne, what's the occasion?' And I was like, 'I don't know, I just had it like, lying around".
Meghan shared her excitement with a friend over the phone, saying: "Oh my God Jess, Jess, it's happening, it's happening. He told me not to peek." A romantic photo of Harry kneeling with a ring box and their dog Guy was shown on the docuseries.
During their engagement interview, Harry shared a sweet memory: "She didn't even let me finish. She said, 'Can I say yes? Can I say yes?' and then there were hugs and I had the ring in my hand and I was like, 'Can I – can I give you the ring?'
"She goes, 'Oh yes the ring'. So no it was – it was a really nice moment, it was just the two of us and I think managed to catch – catch her by surprise as well."
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