There is something about a royal love story that indulges the idealistic romantic in all of us. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to marry on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. She’s beautiful, philanthropic and elegant, he’s the mischievous, down-to-earth handsome redhead who happens to be heir to a royal fortune. Here are the little-known details about the real-life fairytale.
They met on a blind date
The two were set up by a close mutual friend. They knew little about the other when they first met. She was aware of his royal status and he knew her for her well-known acting role in the drama series Suits. Prince Harry was instantaneously charmed by the actress, saying, “I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her,” he said. “I was like, ‘I’m really going to have to up my game here.’”
They are distant cousins
This surprising fact might raise a few eyebrows. The couple is actually related – albeit very distantly. They share a relative born in 1480, making them fifteenth cousins.
Harry designed the engagement ring
In another show of the Prince’s unconventional character, he personally designed Meghan’s engagement ring. The classically beautiful design is a yellow-gold band with a large central stone flanked by two smaller diamonds. The two diamonds were inherited by the Prince from his mother, the late and forever-loved Princess Diana. “It’s days like this I really miss having her around,” he said following the proposal.
The Queen gave her stamp of approval
The relationship has been a departure from the typically conservative pairings of the royal family. Not only is Meghan a US citizen, she is also a divorcee. Regardless of the actress’s background, as is custom, the Queen has given her written consent approving the pairing and declaring the couple’s engagement as legally official in the eyes of the royal court.
There will be no prenup
In yet another bold declaration of love and unyielding confidence in their future marriage, Prince Harry has refused to sign a prenup. With an estimated fortune of $54 million dollars, the Prince has said to be unwavering in his belief that the marriage will be long-lasting. Harry’s older brother, Prince William, also refused to sign a prenup before marrying Kate Middleton.
The wedding is set to be a spectacle
More than 2,600 people will be invited to the couple’s nuptials, with 1,200 being members of the public who will have access to the ceremony on the day. The royal couple was adamant about sharing the joy of their big day with the public. Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle are said to have made it on to the prestigious guest list while it’s speculated that Sir Elton John and the Spice Girls will perform at the reception.