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Kate & William ‘Very Excited’ For Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

We are back with the delightful news of Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle.

NOTE: This is not What Meghan Wore (nor will it become that), but this is enormous news with significant impact on Kate and William. We will cover it today. It is not a day for sniping or negative, mean-spirited comments. If not interested in the topic today’s post may not be for you, or you may want to scroll down to the Cyber Monday info.

After weeks of escalating rumors about an announcement from the couple, it was good to hear official news. 

Shortly after the announcement Harry and Meghan made their first official photocall together.

The pair elected to do it outside at the sunken gardens at Kensington Palace.

The Daily Telegraph noted that “The sunken garden is poignantly the site of the memorial garden created in memory of Harry’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales to mark the 20th anniversary of her death this year.”

The skies were overcast, but the rain stayed away. This video is from Kensington Palace.

The couple looked very, very happy.

Kensington Palace said Prince Harry designed Meghan’s engagement ring himself.

The center stone is a diamond from Botswana, a country where the Prince has spent a fair amount of time since he was a child. It is also a place Harry and Meghan have visited together. The diamonds on either side of the central stone belonged to his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The band is made of gold, and the ring was made by Cleave and Company, Court Jewellers and Medallists to Her Majesty The Queen.

You can hear both Harry and Meghan talk about the ring in this portion of a BBC interview with the couple.

Kensington Palace issued a statement on behalf of Ms. Markle’s parents, Mr. Thomas Markle and Ms. Doria Ragland:

“We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents. We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”

Here you see Meghan with her mother at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto this September.

A sampling of reaction from other royals:

  • Buckingham Palace reports “The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness.”
  • Kensington Palace released a statement from Kate and William saying “We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”
  • The Prince of Wales, speaking for himself and The Duchess of Cornwall, said: “We’re thrilled. We’re both thrilled. We hope they’ll be very happy indeed.”

Congratulations poured in from other people and places. Below, a tweet from Sentebale. The charity supports young people and children in Lesotho and Botswana affected by HIV.  

And this from one of Meghan’s costars on Suits, Patrick J. Adams, via his Twitter account.

It turns out the engagement happened last week while Harry and Meghan were making dinner. These quotes are from a BBC interview with the couple via The Mirror:

Meghan said: “Trying to roast a chicken and it just – just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee.”

Harry added: “She didn’t even let me finish, she said can I say yes, can I say yes and then were was hugs and I had the ring in my finger and I was like can I – can I give you the ring? She goes – oh yes the ring.

For today’s announcement, Meghan wore a coat by LINE the label, a Canadian brand specializing in upscale and luxury knitwear. Her dress is by P.A.R.O.S.H., the Fitted Bow Detail Dress ($465) in a wool blend with a fitted silhouette, round neck, hidden back zipper and bow at the waist. 

Meghan wore opal earrings from Canadian jeweler Maison Birk. Her shoes are a pair she has worn previously, the Aquazzura Matilde Crisscross Suede Pump ($465), still available at Neiman Marcus in just two larger sizes. While the LINE coat is currently sold out, Glamour reports: “you can place an order for the coat by sending an email to The Meghan coat retails for $799 Canadian dollars, which is about $626.50 in U.S. dollars at the current exchange rate.”

More from The Telegraph’s Bethan Holt:

She may be marrying a British Prince, but Meghan Markle has set out her international approach to style with her choice of outfit for the photo call marking her engagement to Prince Harry.

As a Hollywood actress and philanthropist, Markle is no stranger to what works for intense media moments- although she has never quite experienced the level of attention which the engagement announcement will bring- so today’s sartorial choice adhered to the streamlined, sophisticated style which she has honed during her time in the public eye.

There have been some inquiries about a What Meghan Wore blog. It’s more than tempting; it’s been a delight watching her style since she started seeing Harry. While I am waffling, at this point I think I will stick with WKW and WKKW. There *are* some excellent options for following Meghan’s style, including Mad About Meghan from Charlotte at HRH Duchess KateMeghan’s Fashion from Elizabeth at Kate’s Closet Australia; Carly from Kate Middleton Style is Meghan Markle Style on Twitter with a blog soon following; and my friend Susan of What Meg Wore on Twitter will soon have her What Meghan Wore site up and running.

If interested in watching the entire BBC interview with Meghan and Harry, here it is via The Guardian.


We also have some Cyber Monday deals to share:

A few sales have been extended:

  • Madderson London: Take 25% off sitewide with promo code THXGIVING25.
  • Rupert Sanderson: All styles are still 30% off with promo code BlackFriday, including Kate’s navy Malory.
  • Bobbi Brown: Take 25% off everything, no promo code needed



We’ll see you tomorrow when the Duchess visits The Foundling Museum in London.


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Tuesday 19th of December 2017

I have been waiting for this day for a long time. Harry + Meghan stole my heart from their first photos. They look amazing together. I like their style and they seem genuinely happy and made for each other. Her ring is divine! They're this modern couple in a traditional institution. I'm really so happy for them and I hope she makes us proud.

Plus I love the idea that the Duchess of Cambridge is getting an American Sister-in-Law. It feels like I could be her SIL.

I set a photo to my phone lock screen from their engagement announcement photo call because it makes me smile every time I see it. It reminds me there's a royal wedding to look forward to in 2018 and it's Prince Harry's!


Friday 1st of December 2017

I really kinda want you to create a seperate What Meghan Wore blog. I would totally read it. Particularly because I'm sure her Hollywood Fashion (shorts suits and mini skirts) will most surely change. I'd be interested to see how her fashion changes but stays true to her.

Ava Beauregard

Sunday 3rd of December 2017

I *so* agree! Harry and Meghan were so charming in Nottingham. The other blogs don't cover the events in the same way you do. Your coverage is second to none! :-)

Meghan's outfit in Nottingham was lovely. Like Kirsten said above, it will be interesting to see her style evolve. Just as Kate no longer wears sheer dresses and hot pants, I am sure Meghan's style will become more demure. I can't wait to watch!


Thursday 30th of November 2017

I am absolutely thrilled for them, they will make an extraordinary couple and I'm looking forward to seeing them as their future lives enfold. I love the photographs of them - they look radiant and very, very much in love.


Wednesday 29th of November 2017

Thank you for the exceptional job you do with WKW. Should you decide to expand beyond Kate and cover Meghan as well, I’m sure it will be equally as incredible. The two women are each unique and their future fashion choices should make for wonderful posts.

Thank you also for expanding beyond fashion and covering highlights of the royal family, such as this happy announcement.


Wednesday 29th of November 2017

I really like the energy they radiate in those pictures, I wish them well. I thought she looked smashing - elegant and chic with a quiet sexiness.

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