A Look Back: 11 Quotable Quotes From Meghan Markle And Prince Harry's Engagement Interview
Even with the royal wedding just two days away—yes, two!—It feels like it was just yesterday when we were thrilled to learn that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were engaged.
The pair started seeing each other after a very successful blind date set up by a mutual friend in 2016, was set to be married in 2017, and now, the world is patiently waiting for them to exchange "I dos" at the altar on May 19, Saturday.
The whirlwind romance was formally introduced when Meghan and the Prince had their first official interview with the BBC as an engaged couple, which aired in November last year. Months after, we've kept ourselves updated about all their wedding details from the cake and her dress, and even the guest list and Meghan's family's participation.
So to get you warmed up for the royal wedding of the decade that's just around the corner, here are 11 quotable quotes from the memorable interview:
Meghan on their long-distance relationship:
"I think we were able to really have so much time just to connect. We never went longer than two weeks without seeing each other, even though we were obviously doing a long-distance relationship. We made it work."
Prince Harry on finally getting Meghan alone:
"I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana. We camped out with each other under the stars. She joined me for five days there, and it was absolutely fantastic. Then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial for me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other."
Meghan on their successful first date:
"We went and met for a drink. And then I think very quickly into that, we said, 'What are you doing tomorrow? We should meet again.'"
Prince Harry on asking about Meghan:
"I'd never watched Suits. I'd never heard of Meghan before. I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and there she was, sitting there. I was like, 'Okay, well I'm really going to have to up my game here and sit down and make sure I've got a good chat.'"
Prince Harry on getting to know Meghan:
"It was hugely refreshing to be able to get to know someone who isn't necessarily in your circle, who doesn't know much about me. And I didn't know much about her. So to be able to start afresh, right from the beginning, and getting to know each other step by step... It was fantastic. It was absolutely amazing to get to know her as quickly as I did."
Meghan on the attention given to their relationship:
“I’ve never been part of tabloid culture. I’ve never been in pop culture to that degree, and lived a relatively quiet life, even though I’ve focused so much on my job… And I think we were just hit so hard at the beginning with a lot of mistruths, that I made the choice to not read anything, positive or negative. It just didn’t make sense. And instead we focused all of our energies on nurturing our relationship, on us.”
Prince Harry on bringing Meghan into the family:
“For me, it’s an added member of the family; it’s another team player as part of the bigger team. For all of us, all we want to do is be able to carry out the right engagements, carry out our work, and try and encourage others and the younger generation to see the world in a correct sense… I know the fact that she’ll be really unbelievably good at the job part of it as well is obviously a huge relief to me because she’ll be able to deal with everything else that comes with it. We’re a fantastic team. We know we are.”
Prince Harry on getting real with Meghan about life as a royal:
“I know that I’m in love with this girl, and I hope that she’s in love with me. But we still have to sit down on the sofa. I still have to have some pretty frank conversations with her to say, ‘What you’re letting yourself in for, it’s a big deal. It’s not easy for anybody.’ But I know that at the end of the day, she chooses me, and I choose her. And therefore, whatever we have to tackle together, or individually, we’ll always be us, together as a team. I think she’s capable of anything.”
Prince Harry on going on dates with Meghan:
“We had to sort of reverse the whole process: cozy nights in front of the television, cooking dinner with just the two of us, by ourselves, in our little cottage, rather than going out for dinner and being seen in public. We reversed the whole process; it’s provided different opportunities, and it’s made us a hell of a lot closer in a shorter span of time, without question.”
Meghan on honoring Princess Diana with her engagement ring:
“I think everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness, and the inclusion of that, and obviously not being able to meet his mom, it’s so important for me to know that she’s a part of this with us… It’s incredibly special to be able to have this, which sort of links where you come from and Botswana which is important to us. It’s perfect.”
Prince Harry on his mother and Meghan:
“I think they would have been thick as thieves, without question. She would have been over the moon, jumping up and down, so excited for me. She would have probably been best friends with Meghan.”
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