The Sweet Meaning Behind Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Wedding Cake + More Deets

The ring is a gorgeous three-stone design, the wedding is next spring and Meghan wore Canadian in the couple’s first official engagement pics!

Prince Harry in a blue suit and Meghan Markle in a white trench coat at the official engagement photo call

(Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Prince Harry has indeed put a ring on it. After intense speculation and anticipation (with many believing the big news was to drop last Thursday) Prince Charles has finally announced the engagement of Harry and Meghan Markle—with a wedding to come in May 2018 at Windsor Castle.

The announcement

After the news was officially announced, the newly-engaged couple appeared in the Kensington Palace Gardens for a photo call; Meghan repped Canada v. nicely in a white Line trench coat (site is literally already crashing) and Birks earrings. During a supes brief Q & A session, Meghan called the engagement “romantic,” with Harry noting that more details would come later today in a televised interview; he also said that he knew Meghan was the one “the very first time we met.” (#doubleswoon).

The engagement news came early Monday. In an official statement, Prince Charles noted that he was “delighted” to announce the engagement—which apparently took place in London earlier this month—and that Harry had “sought and received the blessing of Miss Markle’s parents.”

The wedding date

If you think a wedding only six months after the engagement seems rushed, you’re not wrong. According to Entertainment Tonight, it’s going to be a speedy engagement because Prince Harry really wants his aging grandfather, 96-year old Prince Philip, to be there for it all. It’s no secret that the Duke of Edinburgh is slowing down; in fact, he recently formally retired from his royal duties. According to royal expert Kate Nicholl, Harry is “incredibly close to his grandfather and, being 96, Harry thought it was it was a great thing to [have] the wedding sooner rather than later, so his grandfather could be there, fit and healthy.”

The ring

The “trilogy” (read three-stone) ring was reportedly designed by Prince Harry (#swoon) and is comprised of a central diamond from Botswana surrounded by two diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection, set in white gold with a yellow gold band.

A photo of Meghan Markle's three-stone engagement ring

The venue

Tug at our flippin’ heart strings, why don’t you?! Nicholl says this can, in part, account for the venue choice, as well—St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is where his grandmother and grandfather live. Plus, “[Harry] didn’t want to get married at the same place as his brother. He didn’t want to have such a big royal wedding at Westminster Abbey — it doesn’t need to be as big as William’s wedding. Harry really wanted to have something a little bit more intimate.”

The cake

In yet another effort to put their stamp on all things #RoyalWedding, Harry and Meghan are reportedly planning to serve their guests banana cake. It’d be a first for a royal wedding, where traditionally a fruit cake serves as the top tier of the wedding cake because it’s thought to last long enough to be shared again at the christening of the couple’s first child. Not only is banana one of Harry’s favourites in desserts—former royal chef Darren McGrady used to make the young Prince caramel and banana cake, banana flan, banana ice cream… “anything with banana, really” on the regular—but, if we’re going by Meghan’s Instagram, it seems to hold a special little significance for Harkle. When news of their relationship first broke last year, her only response was an Instagram post of two bananas and the words “Sleep tight xx.” Cheeky!

Their new home

He also stated that the couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, but we knew that already.

The Royal family’s responses

In a series of tweets, the Palace also released well wishes from Prince William and Kate,  who said that “it has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together:”

(That all sounds very chummy, so perhaps this blind item from Lainey Gossip *isn’t* about Meghan and Kate?)

<b>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle</b>


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