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Ina Garten Jokes She's Responsible for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Getting Engaged

"Without me it would’ve never happened."
  • In an interview on the Today show, Ina Garten joked she's responsible for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting engaged.

  • The Barefoot Contessa star is known for her roast chicken recipe, known as "engagement chicken."

  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex got engaged while making a roast chicken, and Meghan has expressed admiration for Garten's recipe in the past.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement story is utterly charming, but there's one detail that fans just can't let go off — the roast chicken. When Harry and Meghan sat down in November 2017 for an interview about their engagement and upcoming wedding, they divulged that they had been cooking when Harry popped the question.

"Just a cozy night, it was—what were we doing?" Meghan asked Harry during the interview. "Roasting chicken and—"

"Trying to roast a chicken," Prince Harry interrupted.

"Trying to roast a chicken. And it was just—just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee," Meghan said.

That detail didn't get past Barefoot Contessa's Ina Garten, who later tweeted her congratulations to the couple.

Of course, Garten is well known for her roast chicken, while it was never confirmed that Garten's recipe is the one that Meghan and Harry used, Garten does have a recipe for Engagement Roast Chicken, and in 2016 Meghan even told Good Housekeeping, "There is nothing as delicious (or as impressive) as a perfectly roasted chicken. If you have an Ina Garten–level roasted-chicken recipe, it's a game changer."

And as People reports, Garten will be on an upcoming episode of Sunday Today with Willie Geist, and during their sitdown, Geist asked Garten how she feels about her role in the engagement.


"I do know that she liked to cook my roast chicken," Garten said. "Which we call engagement chicken because whenever you make it somebody asks you to marry them."

Geist then quipped, "So what we’re driving at here is you were responsible for the royal wedding."

Garten jokingly replied, "Oh, without me it would’ve never happened. It’s a roast chicken. Isn’t that a wonderful story? How powerful is that?"

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