Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement story was the low-key event we all envision for ourselves. The newly engaged couple gave their first-ever interview to the BBC and shared details about Prince Harry’s proposal earlier this November on a “typical” night in at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.
“We were trying to roast a chicken, and it was just an amazing surprise,” Meghan told the BBC, beaming as she held Prince Harry’s hand. “It was so sweet, and natural, and very romantic. He got on one knee.”
“Of course,” Prince Harry added. Meghan revealed that she gave Prince Harry an instant yes–before he had even finished proposing! “I said, ‘can I say yes now?'” Meghan recalled.
“Then there were hugs, and I said, ‘can I give you the ring now?’ and she said, ‘oh, yes!'” Prince Harry chimed in. “It was a really nice moment; it was just the two of us. And I think I was able to catch her by surprise as well.”
The couple, who met through a mutual friend, also told the BBC that early on in their romance they spent five nights camping under the stars in Botswana, the country where Prince Harry found the centre diamond for Meghan’s engagement ring. The couple announced in an official statement, released hours before their interview with the BBC, that they will wed in the spring of 2018.