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When Did Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Get Engaged? It's Reportedly Sooner Than You Think

Buckle up, because I have a bombshell revelation. Apparently, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got engaged months before they announced their engagement news with the world, according to the new bombshell biography Finding Freedom, per the Daily Mail. The tell-all book claims the Duke and Duchess of Sussex actually got engaged in secret in August 2017, three months before they announced their impending nuptials to the world that November. (Elite Daily reached out to reps for Harry and Meghan for comment regarding the claims that they were secretly engaged in August, but did not hear back in time for publication).

In their BBC engagement interview on Nov. 27, 2017, Harry said the actual proposal "happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month." But did it?

Normally I'd scoff at a claim of a secret royal engagement, but the book is actually written by highly respected royal reporters Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie — so it's got a bit more merit than the standard tabloid rumor. If it were true, that opens up so many questions. I mean, what about the chicken story! Do you remember the chicken story?

Harry said he popped the question at their cottage on what was "just a standard, typical night for" them. At this point, Meghan interjected, "Just a cozy night, what were we doing? Roasting chicken?" Harry confirmed, "trying to roast a chicken."

Then! He surprised her with the proposal: "It was... just an amazing surprise," Meghan gushed. "It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee."

The whole thing sounds so perfectly rom-commy and British, like a scene out of The Holiday. But maybe it wasn't even true? Do people even roast chickens in August?! I'm questioning everything.

Cosmopolitan floated the idea that Meghan and Harry just discussed getting married in August then formally got engaged in November, which makes the most sense to me. The theory also allows me to safely continue believing the chicken story, so I'm going to go ahead and go with that.