We are absolutely hearting the official engagement photos of Britain's Prince Harry and American actor Meghan Markle. The couple is looking, in a word, dreamy! This is the latest milestone along the route to their wedding next year, on May 19 in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, west of London.
Shot by Alex Lubomirski, the images were released a day after the couple joined the Queen and the rest of the royal family for Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. This in itself was a break from tradition, as in the past only married couples attend Christmas with the Queen. Markle was the first in being a royal fiancée at Christmas dinner.
While the public is delighted by the pictures, which come across as romantic and relaxed compared to previous engagement shots, some are rather shocked by the dress that the 36-year-old ‘Suits’ actress is wearing. A Ralph & Russo gown with a ruffle black bottom and a sheer top with embroidery, it is being deemed a tad too daring and then there’s also the price tag – a whopping £56,000!
For her meeting with the Queen, Markle wore Self Portrait, a popular designer brand. This London-based label designed by Han Chong is very popular with the fashion set. The Nightshade Midi dress from the brand apparently costs £300.
Harry and Meghan had attended their first royal event together in the city of Nottingham earlier in December. They had also opened up about their relationship in an interview last month. Harry had told the BBC that his late mother, Princess Diana, would have been "over the moon" about his engagement.
For those who came in late, Harry had designed the engagement ring, which features a diamond from Botswana accompanied by two smaller diamonds from Diana's jewelry collection. This was Prince Harry’s way of wanting to include his adored mother, “to make sure she's with us on this crazy journey together.”