There are a lot of myths about redheads: that they have no soul, that they’re going extinct, that they turn into vampires when they die. But one thing that’s definitely true is that royal redhead Prince Harry is over the moon about his recent engagement to Meghan Markle.
On Friday, the pair made their first official royal outing to Nottingham, an English city a few hours north of London. In Nottingham, they visited the National Justice Museum and the Nottingham Contemporary, where they celebrated World AIDS Day and met with activists pushing for increased HIV/AIDS testing, according to the official Kensington Palace Twitter account. Prince Harry famously got tested for HIV live for television cameras to encourage Britons to get regular HIV/AIDS tests.
Before attending any events, though, Markle and Prince Harry were greeted in the town center by enthusiastic Nottingham residents. A reporter posted a video of the meet and greet on Twitter, including a particularly charming moment when a well-wisher asked Harry how it feels “as a ginger” to be with Markle. “It’s great, isn’t it?” Harry responded with a laugh, before repeating his impromptu interviewer’s remark that it’s “unbelievable.”
Harry and the Suits actress announced their engagement earlier this week in a statement posted on the official Twitter account for Clarence House, the residence of Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla. It was later revealed by a spokesperson for the royal family that the wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018 — and yes, it will be televised.
In a joint interview with the BBC‘s Mishal Husain shortly after the announcement, Markle and Prince Harry opened up about Harry’s proposal, which took place on a low-key Sunday night while they were cooking roast chicken together. “It was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic,” Markle said.
“She didn’t even let me finish. She said, ‘Can I say yes, can I say yes?'” Harry added. “Then there was hugs and I had the ring in my finger. I was like, ‘Can I give you the ring?’ She was like, ‘Oh yes, the ring!’ It was a really nice moment, just the two of us. And I think I managed to catch her by surprise as well.”