Kate and Rana mu­tu­ally pro­pose

THE LOVEBIRDS HAVE THE SAME SUR­PRISE LINED UP…

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There are tears of joy in Weather­field this week – as Kate and Rana re­unite, and pro­pose to one an­other.

Things were fraught when Rana left to go on a cruise with her ho­mo­pho­bic mum, hop­ing they could re­build their dam­aged re­la­tion­ship fol­low­ing her dad’s sud­den death. Kate was heart­bro­ken and tried to stop Rana go­ing, but gave her bless­ing when she re­alised just how much it meant to her girl­friend to mend fences with her fam­ily. Their time apart has made both girls recog­nise just how much they mean to each other, and that they want to spend the rest of their lives to­gether.

“I was re­ally emo­tional when I first read the script, I texted Faye [Brookes, aka Kate] to tell her I cried!” en­thuses Bhavna Lim­bachia, who plays Rana. “Kate and Rana have had so many hard­ships in their lives, and they’ve lost loved ones, which has brought them closer to­gether. Hav­ing time apart

Kate and Rana have had a lot of hard­ships in their lives…”

has made Rana re­alise she just wants to get back and ce­ment her re­la­tion­ship with Kate.”

What she doesn’t know is that Kate has the same idea. She in­tends to greet Rana at the port when the cruise ship docks, and pop the ques­tion. Un­for­tu­nately for her, Rana ar­rives early and rushes to the Rovers to sur­prise Kate. But with the help of Johnny and Jenny, the girls are even­tu­ally re­united for their big mo­ment.

“Rana re­turns early to sur­prise Kate, but Kate wants to sur­prise Rana,” laughs Bhavna. “There’s a lovely mo­ment when Rana asks Johnny for per­mis­sion to marry Kate and he is over the moon. I love how Jenny and Johnny are in on the se­cret!”

What’s no sur­prise is that the girls say yes to each other – and it’s a beau­ti­fully ro­man­tic mo­ment for them both.

“When Faye and I came to film it, we both got teary,” says Bhavna. “This is the peak of their re­la­tion­ship and makes them feel con­fi­dent, know­ing they are on the same page.”

We can’t imag­ine Rana’s mum Saira will be too pleased, but she’ll need to get on board with the up­com­ing wed­ding. What sort of oc­ca­sion will it be?

“I think it will be im­por­tant for both of them to have their iden­ti­ties put to­gether,” muses Bhavna. “It’s pow­er­ful to say that it doesn’t mat­ter where you are from, love is love.”

En­gaged! Kate and Rana ring each other at the same time

Are there brighter days ahead for the cob­bles soul­mates?

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