A Military Veteran Proposed to His Girlfriend in Front of Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry weren’t the only couple who had a picture-perfect evening at last night’s Endeavour Fund Awards—a military veteran also surprised his long-term girlfriend with a proposal.  

Initially, all eyes were focused on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as the ceremony marked the duo’s first joint U.K. engagement since announcing their plans to step back from their duties as senior members of the royal family. Headlines everywhere chronicled every detail of their arrival: Their outfits are color-coordinated! Meghan’s wearing a $1,335 cerulean Victoria Beckham shift dress)! They’re smiling in the rain! But, mid-way through the event, it was clear the night truly belonged to another couple. 

While delivering his acceptance speech after winning the Recognising Achievement Award, veteran Danny Holland took the special moment to call his girlfriend (who he called his “Mrs.”) up to the stage so he could propose to her in front of everyone—including Harry and Meghan. The official Twitter account for the Endeavour Fund shared some of the sweet moments in a post.     

The royal couple (and the rest of the audience) had quite the reactions. The duchess placed her hands on her hubby’s knee during the proposal and even covered her mouth with her hands at one point. 

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The outing marked the couple’s third year attending the award show, which honors injured and sick veterans and servicepeople who have achieved extraordinary milestones in their recovery. Markle first accompanied Prince Harry to the ceremony in 2018, when she wore an Alexander McQueen pantsuit. The following year, she sported a custom Givenchy blouse and skirt combo while pregnant with Archie.