If TV shows like The Crown, Game of Thrones and The Royals are any indication, we humans are clearly fascinated with the romantics of royal love. But, perhaps the best part, is that it doesn’t only happen in fairy tales and streaming media specials—there’s also the love lives of real-life royals that we get to oogle over endlessly—the latest being the newly engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The fact that Markle is an American actress is giving us all the Grace Kelly feels we could hope for, and the official engagement photos of the two together at Kensington Palace (especially the shots of that gorgeous ring) are leaving us giddy with excitement.
As we’ve seen in the past, even the royal family isn’t immune to the trials and tribulations that come along with love and marriage—especially one under the watchful, microscopic eye of the mass media. But there are plenty of signs that Harry and Meghan have what it takes to spend a lifetime together.
Here are some reasons why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will follow in the footsteps of Queen and Duke Edinburgh, who just celebrated 70 years of marriage together!
They’ve taken things slow
Some relationships are truly whirlwind romances that began one magical night or day and quickly blossom into a long-standing courtship that lasts. But experts agree that this is not the norm—the flame of many relationships that ignite too quickly, burn out just as quickly. “Because Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been so private about their relationship, we're not sure exactly how long they've been together, but it has been more than a year,” says award-winning contemporary royal romance author, Racheline Maltese. “During that time they've both vacationed together and survived being in a long-distance relationship—two additional signs that they have what it takes to last.”
Their body language bodes well
It was clear to see during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first official post-engagement interview together, that the two were crazy about each other. “They not only spoke freely, but were physically close and had a sense of humor about each other,” says Maltese. “They consistently showed an appreciation of the opportunities their statuses afford them, but they mostly highlighted the private, domestic and not terribly glamorous moments of their relationship.”
They have a lot in common
In addition to the fun ways they’re similar—i.e. they both love dogs!—Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also share parallel histories in families of origin. “Prince Harry’s parents were ill-suited from the get go, came from different worlds and sadly their marriage ended in divorce,” explains Fran Walfish, Psy.D., Beverly Hills family and relationship psychotherapist and author of The Self-Aware Parent. “Meghan’s parents are of different ethnicities, and their marriage, too, sadly ended in divorce.” This, she explains, is potentially a powerful bond that could be the permanent glue in their relationship.