Prince Harry and Meghan Markle release official portraits to mark their engagement

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen to release official portraits to mark their engagement, sharing two pictures that were taken in Windsor earlier this week.

‘Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen to release official photographs to mark their engagement,’ Kensington Palace wrote alongside the images, which were posted to their official social media accounts.

‘The photographs were taken by @alexilubo earlier this week at Frogmore House, Windsor.’

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The first snap of the couple shows them smartly dressed, with Harry in a suit and Meghan in an embellished gown, whilst the second is a more relaxed, intimate photograph of Meghan and Harry embracing, taken in black and white.

The pictures bear a striking similarity to taken by Mario Testino of Harry’s brother Prince William and his then fiancĂ©e Kate Middleton when they announced their own engagement in 2010.

At the time, William and Kate shared a similar duo of pics, one formal, and one more relaxed – and in the latter, Kate even wore an item of cream knitwear that bears a striking similarity to the one Meghan is sporting.

The rings both princes chose to give to their other halves are also understandably prominent in the photo sets – and each has a touching symbolism that nods to their late mother, Princess Diana.

Whilst Kate was given the stunning sapphire engagement ring that Diana herself wore, Meghan’s band contains two diamonds from her jewellery collection, which both sons have said felt like an appropriate way to include their mother in these special moments.

‘The ring is – is obviously yellow gold because that’s her favourite – and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewellery collection to make sure that she’s with us on this on this crazy journey together,’ Harry explained during his recent interview with the BBC.