Stunned onlookers caught a glimpse of a royal proposal like no other in London yesterday, as Prince Harry finally popped the question to girlfriend, Meghan Markle – or so Beaverbrooks made it seem.
To bring the UK’s most highly anticipated proposal to life, jewellery retailer Beaverbrooks recruited professional doppelgangers to act out a royal proposal.
The doppelgangers, Andrew Witter and Leila Kamarpour, were spotted boarding one of the capital’s most iconic landmarks, The London Eye, before ‘Prince Harry’ proceeded to get down on one knee and present a sparkling diamond engagement ring.
Spectators looked on in shock as the romantic moment played out, not realising that all was not quite as it seemed.
The publicity stunt was planned to take place before Pippa Middleton’s wedding next week, playing on the bride-to-be’s ‘no ring, no bring’ policy that has gained national media attention.
Shoppers at Westfield Stratford City shopping centre even caught a glimpse of Prince Harry choosing the perfect ring to outdo Pippa and fiancé, James Matthews – a striking Beaverbrooks platinum diamond marquise ring.
Lorna Haddon, diamond ring and jewellery buyer at Beaverbrooks, comments on the event: “For months the nation has speculated on when Harry and Meghan will be tying the knot, so we wanted to see what it might look like to create the special moment with our two lookalikes.
“We had more than a few shocked faces and plenty of double takes from our customers with ‘Harry’ in the store, but despite all the attention, he was able to pick out a stunning diamond ring for the lookalike proposal. After months of uncertainty we’re thrilled that Meghan will make it to Pippa’s wedding after all!”