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In the emotional roller coaster that is 2017, we’re holding on extratight to the existence of true love – more specifically, the love between Prince Harry and Suits star Meghan Markle.
The couple are extremely private, but we do get glimpses of their storybook romance from their rumored gift exchanges.
Prince Harry knows how to pick out basic sentimental gifts like bracelets and flowers, and he also knows how to make his partner feel like a million bucks, or pounds, if you will.
- Painting: Harry selected an understated piece of art after browsing a VIP section in the Walton Fine Arts gallery in Kensington. Painted by British artist Van Donna, the charming work is called “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.” It is a diptych, a painting that comes in a set of two panels. The left canvas depicts a boy and a girl holding hands, and the right canvas features the words “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.” A local art collector informed People that Harry wanted “something for an important person.” We wonder who.
July 2017: It’s revealed that Harry gifted Meghan half a painting. It was the royal version of BFF necklaces.
People magazine reported in July that Prince Harry purchased a piece of artworkfrom British artist Van Donna called “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” for an “important person” way back in October 2016.
We’re just going to go ahead and assume that he made the sweet gesture for Meghan since he began dating her around this time. He also asked if the painting could be split in two, so here’s hoping one piece hangs in each of their homes.
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The statement added that Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the family have been informed by Prince Harry, fifth in line to the throne. He has also sought and received the blessings from Markle’s family.
“We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person,” Markle’s parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland said in a statement.
On this occasion, IBTimes Singapore brings you the chronology of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal love story that started in 2016.
July 2017: People magazine reported in July that Prince Harry had purchased a painting from British artist Van Donna for an “important person” back in October 2016. The name of the art piece was “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.” He asked to make two parts of that painting if possible, as he wanted to take half of it and gift the rest to his beloved.
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With speculation that an announcement of a royal engagement is imminent, Prince Harryand Meghan Markle are also taking another big step in their relationship – moving in together. Reports suggest that Meghan is set to live with her boyfriend at his home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, after moving out of her rented house in Toronto earlier this week.
However, Nottingham Cottage is much more modest and is one of the smallest properties on the estate, with two bedrooms, a small living room, kitchen and bathroom. Meghan has stayed at the cottage many times while visiting Harry over the past 12 months, and will no doubt be adding her own personal touches to her new home.
Photos shared by the Suits star from her former property show that Meghan favours a minimalistic monochrome colour scheme, but uses details such as photo frames, coffee table books and bold blooms to add personality and pops of colour to rooms. The 36-year-old will likely be wanting to hang some of her prized artworks on the walls at her new home; Meghan once shared a photo of a figure study watercolour painting by Inslee Fariss on Instagram, while Harry is reported to have spent thousands on a painting by British artist Van Donna, called Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, for his girlfriend.
He said it was a gift for ‘someone special’ and she was revealed as his girlfriend days later
- Prince Harry, 32, spent thousands on a painting called Everybody Needs Somebody to Love by rising British artist Van Donna
- A red version of the piece was auctioned at Christie’s last year for £3,000
- It is not known for certain whether the acrylic, stencil and spray piece was bought for 35-year-old Meghan, or as a gift for someone else
PUBLISHED: 22:00, 8 July 2017 | UPDATED: 00:44, 9 July 2017
He may have a reputation as a brave warrior Prince – but he is also known for being unafraid to reveal his deepest emotions.
And now it’s believed that besotted Prince Harry has signalled to girlfriend Meghan Markle that she is his ‘special person’ – by spending thousands on a painting for her called Everybody Needs Somebody To Love.
It is in two parts, called a ‘diptych’. One half features a view of a couple walking hand-in-hand, while the other half contains the title of the piece in a blue script.
A red version sold at Christie’s last year for £3,000.
It is not known for certain whether the acrylic, stencil and spray piece was bought for 35-year-old Meghan, or as a gift for someone else.