Ladies, if you dreamed of being the one to steal the heart of the UK’s youngest Prince, well bad news, you just officially lost your chance because the generous, socially conscious and considerate royal just got engaged.

Prince Harry announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle last night, essentially confirming that you’ll have to make do with an equally gorgeous (maybe less well-know and less wealthy – which in the long run, you’ll be grateful for) average Joe.

Sorry ladies.

For those who missed the royal announcement, Harry popped the big question a couple of weeks ago while cooking a roast chicken with Meghan in Nottingham Cottage.

Meghan described the proposal, which came a year-and-a-half into their relationship, as “an amazing surprise” that was “so sweet, romantic and very natural” (just as you’d dreamed right?).

The Prince said in an interview that he was barely able to finish the question before Meghan accepted.

While most newly engaged couples wait a few months or years to plan their nuptials, Meghan and Harry have already set the date and are apparently looking to get hitched during the UK’s spring (between March and June next year).

The wedding is already being described as the biggest since Harry’s brother and eldest royal, Prince William, tied the knot with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Although they’ve remained quiet for the moment, there’s no doubt the UK’s travel leaders are excited about the wedding and the wonders it’ll do for tourism, just as previous royal engagements have done in the past.


The Director of the UK’s Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, Bernard Donoghue, told The Mirror that interest in Prince Harry’s wedding could be bigger than William’s because Meghan is American.

“The combination of Prince Harry’s global fame, Meghan Markle’s global fame as an actress, her being American, Britain being much more affordable than it was two years ago, really makes for a potent mix.”

Bernard Donoghue, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions Director

The tourist expert continued, saying that he expects the nuptials to further boost the 17 percent increase in tourism from the US to the UK over the last year, and outnumber the 600,000 people who travelled to London in time for William and Kate’s marriage.

Meanwhile, ladies if you’re still incredibly devastated about losing Prince Harry, might I request taking a gander at Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, although you’ll have to get in line as I have a ‘Faz meet Naz’ (#FazMeetNaz) campaign in the works.

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