The Unexpectedly Romantic Way Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Confirmed Their Engagement
Although celebrity sites across the world reported yesterday that Kit Harington and Rose Leslie got engaged, mum was the word from the Game of Thrones stars themselves. No tweet, no Instagram, no paparazzi ring picture, no nada!
Until this morning, when London Times readers got a surprise: Harington and Rose put an engagement notice in the paper.
“The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire,” the post read.
The whole thing is delightfully old-school: Nowadays, most stars use their social media accounts or representatives to confirm engagements. Why wouldn’t they? It’s quicker and faster—one Instagram can spread the news to millions of followers, and millions more when websites and gossip blogs pick up the posts. And if it’s done by a representative, it takes most of the pressure off the celebrity bride- or groom-to-be.
But Harington and Leslie aren’t like any other famous couple. Although it’s well known that they fell in love on the Game of Thrones set, the rest of their relationship has been notoriously private—reportedly, the couple has been dating since 2012, but they only confirmed it last year. And then there’s the fact that neither of them are on social media. As the follower count becomes more and more important career-wise for rising Hollywood stars (just ask Sophie Turner), it’s remarkable that these two have forgone it entirely.
It also feels beautifully romantic. Maybe it’s the nostalgia chord it strikes—images of generations upon generations of couples announcing their nuptials in the same way—or its utterly simplicity. They weren’t looking for a splash or a perfectly posed Instagram. They wanted a tangible memento, one that they could cut out and save and show their children or grandchildren one day.
Romance in Hollywood is hard. Every day, we learn of a new famous marriage that’s irrevocably broken. But maybe Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, with their low-key ways, will rise above it all. Dare we say it—maybe Jon Snow does know something after all.