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dateline: 29 November 2017

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Announce Engagement

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • engagement: a plan to get married
  • divorcee: a person who has been married before and has left the marriage
  • mutual: having something in common; shared
  • chapel: a place of worship

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Announce Engagement

Prince Harry, the younger son of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle this week. Markle, a 36-year-old divorcee, is for her role in the TV series Suits. The met in July 2016 through a mutual friend. The wedding will take place next at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is getting married?
  2. What is the bride-to-be known for in America?
  3. When and where will the wedding take place?

Discussion Questions

It has been 81 years since King Edward VIII gave up the throne to marry an American divorcee. Do you think the Royal Family will be accepting of Prince Harry marrying a divorcee in these modern times?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

One Comment on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Announce Engagement

  1. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s news report.

    Second, wow! Thank you for telling us this good news. I myself always love to hear the good news like engagement, marriage, wedding and so on.

    Third, I believe love doesn’t know any border, so it’s interesting to know prince Harry is 33 years old and Meghan Markle is 36 years old. In addition, in my opinion prince Harry is nicer than Meghan Markle.

    Finally, We have a proverb in Farsi language that says:
    we should look at a woman from a lover’s eyes.
    It means that if a boy loves a woman, we should look at the woman from the boy’s eyes, not from our eyes.
    We also have a love story in Iranian tradition stories that we call it “Lili and Majnon love story”. Majnon means a crazy person in English language. Majnon has become crazy because of Lili ‘s love and loves lili very much. Some people blame him and tell him Lili isn’t beautiful, why do you love her so much? Are you a crazy for this love?
    Majnon says:
    You should look at her from my eyes.

    Best wishes and have a great weekend in nice Canada,

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