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From Fairy Tales To Fallouts, A Look Back At Past Royal Engagements

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The world was stunned Monday morning by the news of Prince Harry and Meaghan Markle's engagement. The young couple have been dating for nearly two years and their relationship has been the epitome of a modern fairy-tale.

Meghan is an American actress who had previously been married, and is known not just for her role on the hit TV series Suits, but also for her charity work with World Vision. Prince Harry has spent 10 years in the British army, and has performed many diplomatic duties across the world on behalf of the royal family.

The couple met in Toronto, Canada and kept their introduction hidden from the media while they began to develop feelings for one another. Their secret love made it all the more romantic when the rest of the world discovered it six months after it began in 2016.

It was only two months ago in September that the young bride-to-be finally met her future mother-in-law. The meeting must have been nerve-wracking for Meghan, especially since it appears this is when Prince Harry asked for his Queen's (and more importantly, his grandmother's) permission to marry the love of his life.

Now that the upcoming nuptials have been announced, let's take a look back at some of the other exciting engagements between our favorite royal couples of the past!

Prince William and Kate Middleton

The two closest in line to the throne of England also had a beautiful start to their story. They met at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland as students, and dated periodically for many years before the time came for the big question.

Prince William also made sure to ask his grandmother's permission as well as his wife's father, who both gave it gladly. To make the proposal even more intimate, the prince gave his betrothed the brilliant blue sapphire ring that belonged to his mother, the late Princess Diana.

The summer wedding of 2011 was broadcast all over the world to audiences eager to welcome Kate into Buckingham Palace. More royals were welcomed there over the years, as the two newly-weds have begun building their family with a beautiful boy and girl, with a third on the way!

Let's take a look back at the engagements of the past...

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