Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Extended Cuffing Season

BREAKING: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have officially extended the international phenomenon known as Cuffing Season by conveniently announcing their long-anticipated engagement the day after Thanksgiving weekend.

The newly betrothed couple held a photocall this morning at Kensington Palace to pose for their official engagement photos and answer a few questions. When asked when he knew Meghan was the one, Harry said, “The very first time we met.”

Meghan said she is “so happy.”


And what a cuffing it is! In addition to starring in USA Network’s legal drama, Suits, Meghan is a global ambassador for advocacy organization World Vision Canada. She’s a women’s rights activist for the United Nation’s Women’s Political Participation and Leadership program and is outspoken about issues surrounding gender equality and women’s empowerment. So, yeah, she’s probably a pretty discerning individual, including when it comes to sweatpants partners. Winter is quite long, and quite cold, after all. You can’t just cuff your stuff to any old scruff.

A quick refresher if you’re not familiar with the time-sensitive, romantic delight that is Cuffing Season: It’s a survival technique wherein men and women secure (sometimes temporary) mates to cuddle up with during the winter months and engage in a smattering of cuddly couple activities including but not limited to ordering pasta bolognese on Seamless, lying under a comforter and watching hours of (literal) Netflix.

Cuffing Season begins the first kinda-cold post-summer weekend when you’d really rather stay in and roll around in your own musk than entertain the idea of putting on pants and boots and lip balm and go out. Cuffing season ends when…well…there’s an ongoing debate about that.

Traditionalists believe that Cuffing Season ends right before Thanksgiving; if you’re not cuffed by the time the last bit of leftover turkey meat makes its way into someone’s sandwich, you’re screwed. Others operate under the slightly more forgiving sentiment that Cuffing Season ends right after the holidays (January 1st, if you’re being exact). Regardless, time is very much of the issue, and the sooner your wrist is metaphorically attached to another human’s, the better.

That’s where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big news comes in. Like a groundhog’s evasive shadow, their cuffing is auspicious enough to extend Cuffing Season for at least another six weeks, possibly longer. The proof is in New York’s weather report for the week ahead, which predicts sunny skies and temperatures above 50 degrees. What’s the rush?

There isn’t one.

Take your time. Stretch your hamstrings. Dip your toes into as many jacuzzis as you please. Cuff yourself! Meghan and Harry are keeping an eye on the thermostat.

Photo by Eddie Mulholland-WPA Pool/Getty Images.

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  • I am so excited by their engagement and I really don’t know why I care so much! Guess I’m just happy for them, but it feels like such a nice bit of news after so many awful stories day after day. Looking forward to the wedding!

  • Angela


  • Autumn

    And she’ll be the first bi-racial princess in the British royal family. Woot!

    • She’s not going to be a Princess, she will probably be a Duchess. Not even Catherine (aka Kate Middleton) is a Princess.

      • Autumn

        *first bi-racial member of the British royal family through marriage

        • I didn’t mean to be fastidious, but I keep on reading about “Princess Meghan” everywhere, even on magazines like Vogue, like she’s going to be part of a Disney film 🙂

  • Alexia

    Not going to lie, I’m not the most excited person about this engagement. I’m glad it means the royal family is changing (double thumbs up that she’s American and biracial). But her charity work has always struck me as very savior-like and in interviews she seems a bit self-absorbed. Not to say Harry is perfect either—but I just hoped the first biracial member of the royal family would be someone whose personality I could get behind.

    • Anna

      Yeah, I feel you. I feel a little jerk-like for saying so, but something about her personality seems…. I don’t know, a bit too pleased with herself in a kind of un-genuine way? I was really put off by her VF interview, which just off the bat seemed a bit tasteless for a future “royal person”, but then she made a big thing about how she did “not define herself by her relationship,” but then proceeded to do JUST THAT for the whole interview…. The interview was about her, AS HARRY’S GF, not about her charities, or her career, or any other larger message. And her charity involvement always came across as kind of “boxes I need to check to get into college / have a good PR image”…
      Also they’ve only been dating for a really short time? Like a year? And they haven’t ever lived in the same city?
      Anyways, don’t mind my (small picture) cattiness. If they are happy, then I (in the big picture) am happy for them.

      • Alexia

        I’m glad someone else feels the same way. I’m happy that they are happy, but I just wish this break-through with the monarchy could have happened with someone more genuine.

    • USWeeklyHatesComments

      Watching this relationship, how she portrays herself and their interview, it looks more like he’s gaining a mommy not a wife. But that’s just me.

  • Rachel

    Just watched their interview together and I got slightly teary eyed, specially when they spoke about Diana. So cute together! <3 I think she'll made a great addition to the royal family with how well spoken she is and her commitment to humanitarian causes, which is such an important duty for the royal. So excited to pull another all-nighter to watch the royal wedding complete with tea and biscuits!

  • Camila Restrepo

    I always feel so snooty for saying this but I just can’t get behind the British royals as other people seem to be. I don’t dislike them but I just think they are all “meh”, almost borderline, dare I say, boring?
    (And it’s not all royals, I go bananas for the Crown Prince of Denmark).

    • I suppose it all boils down to personal taste. I still have hot dreams about Cesare Borgia (a duke and a prince) played by François Arnaud 🙂

      • Camila Restrepo

        Oh I would too! I haven’t seen that show but I know who he is because my mom send me his picture because she thought he was the hottest thing.
        But if we are talking about hot royals can we talk about the hottest of them all…. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden. WOAH!

        • He is. I mean both Francois and Carl Philip are.

      • Gene Day

        Oh. Yeah. You nailed it, without catching the syph’.

        • Well I care for healthy solutions and he is “twice removed” from me, so. 😀

  • Eva Skewes

    As a Nicole Cliffe twitter follower I’ve been awaiting this news for months!

    Also the corgis taking to her right away is just the best little detail. Dogs don’t lie.

  • MySharona

    Jesus, so many feelings when they talked about Diana! I had a furtive little sniffle at work. They look thoroughly in love, and so happy. Nice to see something positive in the press – these dark times can get a gal down.

  • Cassandra

    I don’t know all that much about cuffing season (probably because I live in a year long summer climate) but I know about engagement season. It starts Thanksgiving weekend to Valentine’s Day, maybe because everything is focused around family, glittery items and romance? With that said, Harry and Meghan are really starting the season off right on time.

  • Helen

    I have been trying so hard to cuff a man for winter this year. I’m having zero luck and heating is expensive!

  • Octavia

    Cuffing season BEGINS when it starts getting cold and ends at the first sign of warmth. So the engagement doesn’t signal an extension, more like a kick-off.
    You cuff to have a warm body to snuggle w/ in the winter and shed them like fur to frolic in the sunshine 🙂

  • Pterodactyl111

    I hate the term “cuffing season” so much.

  • Amelea

    *cuffing season ends when the weather gets warm. smack dab between spring fever and swimsuit season. just in time for single summer 🙂
    facts –>