WATCH: Prince Harry Followed Proper Etiquette Rules By Asking Meghan Markle’s Parents for Permission to Propose
His mother would be proud.
When you’re dating a prince, you expect good manners—and Prince Harry delivered on that expectation in style. Like any properly raised young man, before Harry got engaged to his girlfriend, American actress Meghan Markle, he asked her parents for permission to propose.
A source told People that Harry spoke with Markle’s parents, Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle, and asked for their daughter’s hand in marriage before asking Markle to join the royal family. It was the right thing to do. Not only is seeking parental permission a time-honored tradition—and like Southerners, the royal family is big on time-honored traditions— but it is a sign of good manners and a great way to get in good with the future in-laws. Plus, Markle and her mother are particularly close so it only makes sense that Harry would want her to approve of the match and gain her support. As People notes, in an interview with Glamour, Markle called her mother her “best friend” saying, “We can just have so much fun together, and yet, I’ll still find so much solace in her support. That duality coexists the same way it would in a best friend.”
Harry has already gotten to know Markle’s mother during the course of his year-long relationship with her daughter. Ragland even joined the couple when they attended the closing ceremonies of the 2017 Invictus Games in September 2017.
With her parents’ approval, Harry knew that he would be more likely to get a yes from Markle, although it’s hard to imagine turning down a prince, especially one that you’ve been happily dating for months. Now, the newly engaged Harry and Markle are set to wed in Spring 2018 with full parental approval, including an official statement from Markle’s parents.
“We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry,” the statement, which Kensington Palace released on Monday, November 27, reads. “Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents.”
The statement continues: “We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.” Sounds like they are quite excited to have a new son-in-law.