PLUS, the special sacrifice Prince Harry made for Prince William before he proposed to Kate...
Is Prince Harry engaged? Well, not yet – but if the rumours are true there’s a VERY special ring in the works and Harry could be getting down on one knee any day now!
The rumour mill is in overdrive that Prince Harry is planning to propose to Meghan Markle. Many think it will happen while the couple are on holiday in Africa. The pair landed in the country over the weekend, after celebrating Meghan’s 36th birthday together in London.
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Although it’s not clear if Harry and Megan will get engaged in Africa, when the Prince does decide to pop the question, the ring he will present her with will be very special indeed.
Although it’s impossible to know exactly when and how Harry plans to propose to Meghan, what we do know is that Prince Harry’s original idea of how he might propose to his future wife one day were drastically altered after a special sacrifice that he made for Prince William before he proposed to Kate.
You see, before Diana’s iconic sapphire engagement ring sat on Kate Middleton’s ring finger, it initially belonged to Prince Harry. However, Harry selflessly let his brother have the special ring, so that Prince William could propose to Kate.
A source explained:
“After Diana died, the boys both chose a keepsake from Kensington Palace when they moved to Charles’ rooms in St James’s Palace.
“Prince William picked his mum’s Cartier watch, and Harry picked her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
“But they had an agreement that whoever got engaged first would have Diana’s ring – and of course that was William and Kate.
Although, he might not have his mother’s engagement ring to give Meghan, Prince Harry still plans to include his mother in his proposal – just like William did.
According to a source close to the Prince, Harry is planning on turning another of his mother’s cherished jewellery pieces into a beautiful engagement ring.
The piece Harry has in mind is an emerald headband that his mother wore to glamorous balls. He’s chosen it with Meghan in mind, as apparently emeralds are her favourite gem stone.
A source told The Daily Star: “Diana’s jewellery collection was left in trust for the boys and Meghan apparently loves emeralds.
“For Harry, like Wills before him, using his mother’s gems means the two loves of his life will forever be linked.”
“Harry wants the same sentiment when he proposes to Meghan,” revealed the source. “So he is working with the jewellers to design something incredible.”
Pieces like the emerald headband were very important to Diana. They allowed her to express her own sense of style while still confirming to the royal dress code and rules.
“She had her own theatrical touches when it came to fashion, because she did love to play with fashion” Eleri Lynn, curator of the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition revealed.
“She’d wear a choker on her forehead like a headband. She clearly loved to play with fashion to express herself.”
Prince Harry has already met Meghan’s beloved father, and reportedly received his blessing for their relationship. [READ MORE HERE]
The couple attended a wedding of one of Prince Harry’s closest friends together in Barbados at the beginning of the summer. In addition, Harry was seen driving Meghan to Pippa Middleton’s wedding reception last month.
This year marks 20 years since Princess Diana’s untimely and tragic death. Proposing with a piece of her jewellery will be a way of Harry honouring her and keeping her memory alive.
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Prince Harry’s friends are reportedly delighted to see him so happy. In addition, they all like Meghan and are pleased to see the Prince settled. A close friend of Harry’s has even revealed that there are already talks of the wedding that the happy couple will have.
“I don’t think I’m worried about the wedding. I’m worried about the after party” Kirstie Ennis, a former US marine and Paralympic hopeful accidentally revealed to reporters. Then, realising that she might have said too much, the pal of Prince Harry’s voiced her right to remain silent and say no more on the topic.
Prince Harry and Kirstie have been friends ever since a “Walking With the Wounded” charity event supported by the Prince at Buckingham Palace. The pair grew close as they have a lot in common, having both served in Afghanistan and since done much to promote Paralympic sport.