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Why Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry is controversial

Why Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry is controversial”

The first whispers of a royal engagement made their way across social media and the British tabloids earlier this year and soon grew into a clamor of speculation.

The loved-up couple have said that they plan to start a family "in the near future", and revealed that Prince Harry popped the question after getting down on one knee while he roasted chicken.

Some even suggested Clarence House made a royal "typo" in the announcement confirming the engagement. It also shared that the couple of 16 months "will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace" where Prince Harry has dwelled for the past four years.

Harry and Meghan went public with their blossoming relationship in November 2016 after they met and first started dating in May that year.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: 'We are very excited for Harry and Meghan.

"It was so sweet and natural and very romantic". I'm so happy for you Meg! "I said, 'Can I say yes now?'" Almost 23 million Americans watched TV coverage of the wedding, outstripping the number who had watched Charles's wedding to Diana in 1981 (the ring Harry gave to Markle included several diamonds that had belonged to his late mother).

The couple, who have been dating for just over a year, are set to marry during the British Spring next year - that's Autumn for us in Australia - so prepare for a whirlwind next couple of months.

Other former residents include Princess Diana's sister Lady Jane Fellowes and her husband, Sir Robert Fellowes, who was formerly Queen Elizabeth's secretary.

That's not just because Markle hails from Los Angeles - she is also divorced, half-Jewish, and biracial.

Kensington Palace is Prince Harry's childhood home, and his late mother Diana, continued to call a section of the palace her home while in London until her untimely death 20 years ago.

It's also because Markle had a high-profile role on the USA Network show Suits and ran the Tig, a lifestyle blog.

In an official statement, St George's Chapel is described as "an incredibly special place" for Harry and Meghan.

"It's incredibly special to be able to have this, which sort of links where you come from and Botswana, which is important to us, and it's ideal", Ms. Markle said to Prince Harry during the interview.



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