January 28, 2023

“I did not understand. Was she being sarcastic? Ironic? Deliberately cryptic? Was he indulging in a bit of pun? I don’t remember my grandmother being a fan of puns and this would have been the weirdest time to start being one (not to mention wildly inappropriate).”

Previously, Harry had confided in his aides Ed Lane Fox and Jason Knauf that he wanted to propose, but was told that there were “strict rules” governing such things and that he would have to ask his grandmother first and foremost.

Harry suggests that the suggestion caught him off guard and he asked if that was a “real rule”.

“It didn’t make any sense,” he writes. “A grown man who asks his grandmother’s permission to get married.”

However, he remembers the “absurd” of his father, then 56 years old, having to ask permission to marry Camila, the queen consort.

Harry chose a family shooting trip in October 2017 in Sandringham to make his move.


She chose not to tell Prince William of her plans because she had already warned him not to. “Too fast, too soon,” he allegedly said.

Harry claims that his brother was “quite discouraging” about him dating an “American actress”, implying that his nationality and profession were similar to that of a “convicted felon”.

On the day in question, he saw the late Queen drive a Range Rover through the middle of a field to search for dead birds, alone and without security.

“I tried to make light conversation with her to relax her,” he writes.

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“The full seriousness of all this was finally starting to sink in.”

Harry ponders what would happen if his grandmother said no. Would he dare disobey her or would he have to end her relationship with Meghan?

“This moment was the beginning of my life or the end,” he says. “It would all come down to the words I chose, how I pronounced them, and how Grandma heard them.”

With a dead bird in each hand, she pursued the Queen as she approached her vehicle, surrounded by hunting dogs.

“I needed to do it without another second of hesitation,” he writes.


“I saw her waiting for me to speak, and not waiting patiently.

“His expression screamed, ‘Away with it.’”

agonizingly long pause

He says, “Grandma, you know I love Meg very much, and I’ve decided I’d like to ask her to marry me, and I’ve been told that… well… I have to get her okay before I ask for her hand.

She replies, “Do you have to do that?”

“Yes,” he says. “That’s what your people have said and mine too.”

Harry reveals that his expression was blank during an agonizingly long pause.

Eventually, she replies, “Well then I guess I have to say yes.”