After announcing their engagement this morning, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did a brief engagement photocall this afternoon (UK time) outside in The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, only briefly answering a couple questions.
In the video below, Harry and Meghan start walking out at 16:35, and they stood posing for photos for less than two minutes. I transcribed the dialogue I could hear, although I can barely hear them on the video.
How are you both feeling?
Harry: Um, yeah, thrilled. Very glad it stopped raining as well.
Meghan, how are you feeling?
Meghan: So happy.
How did Harry propose?
Harry: Um, yeah, that will come later.
Was it romantic?
Harry: Of course it was.
When did Harry know Meghan was ‘The One’?
Harry: Uh, when did I know she was the one, the very first time we met.
Meghan wore a white trench coat from Canadian brand Line the Label with a green dress from P.A.R.O.S.H. underneath. Perth’s Fashion identified the dress as this knee-length dress (originally $349.00, currently on sale for $209.00). Meghan also wore Aquazzura Matilde Crisscross Suede 105mm Pump in nude (originally $695.00, currently on sale for $465.00) and Maison Birks Yellow Gold and Opal Earrings ($995.00). Meghan wore her hair down with a center part.
But let’s talk bling. Meghan’s ring consists of three diamonds set in gold. The center stone is from Botswana with the two outside stones coming from Princess Diana’s personal collection. Harry designed the ring himself, which was made by Cleave and Company.
The fact that Harry used a stone from Botswana makes me think that they got engaged in Botswana over the summer, unofficially, and then Harry had the ring made and gave her the ring last week once she got to London after filming Suits. But that’s purely my own speculation.
I’m going to be completely honest, even though I know many of you will disagree with me (and when you do so, please be polite; we can disagree with each other while still being polite), but to say that I am disappointed is an understatement. I was hoping for more than what we got.
Firstly, I wanted to hear from the couple – actually hear from them in the way William and Kate answered questions at their photocall, rather than barely hearing a couple short answers while Harry and Meghan only stand there for two minutes. I want to get to know them as a couple, but they didn’t provide anything. Secondly, Meghan’s clothing choices here were really boring – the coat is boring, the dress we can’t see, the shoes are boring, and the hair is boring. This outfit is entirely unmemorable. Thirdly, I think the ring is boring, too. It’s basic, it’s fine, but it’s not exciting in any way. Fourthly, the fact that they chose to be outside in the garden with the pond as a barrier between them and the press is off-putting to me – they literally put up a barrier between us and them; we get it, Harry, you don’t like the press, but come on.
All in all, I’m very disappointed in the photocall. It was our first meeting of them as an engaged couple, and it was wholly unmemorable. But to each their own. The couple do seem happy and comfortable with each other, and Meghan clearly likes her clothing and hair choices, and I hope she likes her ring. And that’s all the matters for the couple. But as a royal watcher, I’m bummed here. Hopefully their engagement interview will be better.