It was reported yesterday that Harry Potter and Meghan Markle’s son, Prince Harry, is engaged to be married to Meghan Markle. The announcement came as a shock to many as the couple had not yet set a wedding date. The engagement was confirmed by the pair’s spokesperson as a “huge deal and something they have been working on for a while.”

The engagement is said to have been spurred on by Harry’s affection for Meghan and their shared love of all things British. It has not escaped attention that part of becoming King Harry VII is marrying a commoner and bearing his children, uniting two great nations. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is said to have played an important role in convincing Harry to propose. There has been some speculation that Meghan Markle may even drop her American accent and assume the role of a royal bride.

Was He Playing a Role?

It seems that, for a while at least, Harry may have been playing a role as a suitor. The reports of him popping the question come as a huge shock as he had not yet proposed to his girlfriend. It is no secret that the prince has had a history of romances both on and off the record, with plenty of girlfriends reported to have had his name on their lips. However, prior to his relationship with Meghan, Harry had not been in a committed, long-term relationship. It is safe to assume that his time playing around as a bachelor has helped him to develop his game, knowing full well that his time as a free agent is coming to an end.

A Proper Proposal

The day that the proposal was confirmed, social media was filled with delight. Many spoke of the ‘betrayal’ that Meghan had experienced as soon as Harry decided to propose to someone else, although some noted that it was inevitable that the prince would settle down with another. It is said that the proposal was a true labor of love and that it was years in the making. During a walkabout to promote his book, The Prince’s Principles, Harry asked Meghan if she ever thought about getting married. The engaged couple then took a stroll through Windsor Great Park and discussed their future. According to the Daily Mail, the conversation eventually turned to religion and what the couple’s spiritual beliefs were. It is believed that it was during this discussion that Harry proposed.

What is interesting is that Harry did not propose in a haphazard manner. He had been considering what he would say for some time and had even practiced saying it. The book The Prince’s Principles is said to be filled with advice on how to approach Prince Charming, presenting readers with a clear blueprint on how to propose.

It is also said that Meghan had no idea what Harry was planning and that he had been keeping his true intentions a secret. Once again, this is something that Harry has had experience in, playing a role in order to keep a secret. It seems that a degree of deception and pretense is something that the prince has grown accustomed to as he prepares to enter the world of married life.

Who Is Heffernan?

Not many people knew that Harry had a twin brother named Heffernan. The only other person who knows of his twin is Harry himself. The two were born on April 25, 1984, four years to the day that Harry’s famous father, Prince Charles, became King Charles III. Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, died when he was just 12 years old. Harry’s father remarried in 1990 and the twins did not get on with their stepmother. This only increased their father’s desire to keep them apart. In an effort to protect his children from the limelight, Prince Charles did not acknowledge their existence and rarely, if ever, referred to them by name. In a touching scene, Prince Harry revealed that he and his brother had not spoken in years and that he only found out about him through chance encounters. “I’ve known about Heff for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized he was my brother,” he said. “I haven’t seen him for a while, but when I do, we’ll have to talk. I miss our conversations.”

Though he hasn’t spoken much about it, it seems that Harry may have been aware of the problems that his father had with his stepmother. He has often spoken of his resentment toward his father for being forced to grow up in the shadow of a famous mother. It was only in 2016 that Harry spoke publicly about his father for the first time in decades, thanking his supporters for their patience.

There is no question that Prince Harry has had an eventful year. From proposing to Meghan to the birth of his first child, the Prince has endured a lot. There have been highs and lows, but Harry has always appeared to be exercising extreme patience as he awaits the birth of his and Meghan’s first child. What will be an even bigger test for Harry, however, will be to see if he can maintain a close relationship with his son, now that he has stopped pretending to be someone else. For now, the future looks incredibly bright, with the happy couple set to wed in spring and summer.