If you haven't heard the latest news from England's Royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged! Now if you're a diehard fan of the royal family like myself you understand how extremely exciting this news is! We have had a crush on Harry for many years and we constantly checked Kensington Palace's Twitter to see what new adventure he is on or where he is serving the community. Then our hearts were a little broken when we heard the news that one of the hottest bachelors in the world, was dating. Well, the Bachelor is OFFICIALLY off the market ladies and gents! As we celebrate the engagement of these two love-birds and anxiously wait to see what happens next, let's take a look into why we cannot deny that we are absolutely IN LOVE with this beautiful couple!
If you're not a Prince Harry and Meghan fan then I think it's safe to say that NOW is a good time to hop on the bandwagon!
1. They use their platforms to give back.
Before the romance between Prince Harry and Meghan began each was involved in a multitude of charities and organizations that focused on giving back and bringing awareness to important issues. Harry founded the organization Sentebale which stands for Forget me not. This charity focuses on bringing awareness and aid to children and orphans affected by HIV and AIDS in Botswana and Lesotho. Prince Harry also is very involved with sports and the military, so he founded the Invictus Games which gives wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women the platform to represent their country on a world stage. Prince Harry is also co-founder of Heads Together alongside his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge. Heads Together focuses on changing the conversation about mental health. Heads Together also focuses on getting rid of the stigma and fear that can come with talking about one's own mental health.
"These Games have shone a spotlight on the ‘unconquerable’ character of service men and women and their families and their ‘Invictus’ spirit. These Games have been about seeing guys sprinting for the finish line and then turning round to clap the last man in. They have been about teammates choosing to cross the line together, not wanting to come second, but not wanting the other guys to either. These Games have shown the very best of the human spirit." - Prince Harry
Meghan used her platform as an actress on the show Suits to be an ambassador for One Young Worldwhich focuses on growing young leaders to make a positive change. Meghan is also an activist for all human rights and spent time as an ambassador for World Vision Canada where she traveled to Rwanda to campaign for clean water.
2. They kept their relationship quiet for 5 months.
If you know who Prince William and Prince Harry are, you know that they have always been wary about the paparazzi, and rightfully so! With that, they make the point to live a life as private as they can as royals. Whenever we got any little bit of information we instantly hop on it ready to see a picture of the couple together, which did not really happen until the 2017 Invictus Games in Canada. When we did get those pictures we were not disappointed. Harry looked absolutely happy and smitten with the equally happy Meghan. We love that they are private. It sucks that they can't live out a "normal" relationship without the constant flashing of cameras but they make it work and use it to their advantage to keep their relationship on the down low and really get to know each other.
3. They ADORE each other's families!
One of Meghan's mother's greatest fans is definitely Prince Harry. In the couple's first interview together as an engaged couple, Prince Harry mentions, "Her mom is AMAZING!" In this same interview, Meghan opens up about how the royal family has made sure that she feels welcomed and supported.
"Yes the family has been great and over the past year and half we've been getting to them. And have progressively been helping me feel a part of not just the institution but also part of the family which has been really really special." -Meghan Markle
So dear reader, whether you are a Harry and Meghan fan like myself, or you really could care less about the royal family, the one thing I ask of you after reading this article is to take a closer look into the charities and organizations these two have brought awareness to, and be encouraged to spread light wherever you go. Pay it forward friends. Make someone smile today! You totally got this! Go and make the world a better place one step at a time!