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Royal romance: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to wed

LONDON (AP)  Newly engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Monday lifted the secrecy that had shrouded their 18-month romance, revealing they met on a blind date, bonded during a camping trip under the stars in Botswana and that Harry proposed over a roast chicken dinner at their London home, getting down on one knee to pop the question.

Speaking just hours after the couple's engagement was announced by palace officials acting on behalf of Prince Charles, Harry said he was thrilled when she said yes, and he placed an engagement ring of his own design on her finger that included two diamonds that had belonged to his mother, Princess Diana, set alongside a large central diamond from Botswana.

"Just an amazing surprise," said the 36-year-old Markle, an American actress known for her role in the TV legal drama "Suits." "It was so sweet and natural and very romantic."

Did she hesitate? Not if Harry can be trusted.

"She didn't even let me finish," the 33-year-old prince said of his betrothed. "She said 'Can I say yes, can I say yes?' And then there were hugs and I had the ring in my finger and I was like 'Can I, can I give you the ring?' She goes, 'Oh yes, the ring."'

The couple said they plan to marry in the spring, and Harry  fifth in line for the British throne  said he hopes to start a family.

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