Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are engaged, according to an announcement Monday.
Markle is best known for her role as Rachel Zane on USA Network’s “Suits.”
Set up on a blind date in July 2016, Markle knew little about the prince, she said, during a joint engagement interview, and he had never watched “Suits.” But they hit it off right away.
Not long after their second date, Prince Harry and Markle left for a trip to Botswana, where they roughed it together in a tent for five days.
“We were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other,” Harry said, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
It was not long before the prince began introducing Markle to the royal family and she has had several teas and meetings with Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Markle is the only child of Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, who divorced when she was a child. Her father, an Emmy-winning lighting director, has Dutch-Irish roots, while her mother, a Yoga instructor, is African-American.
Markle and Prince Harry downplay her mixed-race heritage — a topic being hotly discussed in the tabloids.
“It’s a shame that that is the climate in this world today,” Markle said. “At the end of the day, I’m just really proud of who I am and where I come from. [Harry and I] have never put any focus on that. We’ve just focused on who we are as a couple.”