Prince Harry is engaged to be married to US actor and humanitarian Meghan Markle, Clarence House has announced.
The announcement said: “His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.
“The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.”
The announcement confirms months of speculation, stating that Prince Harry proposed to Markle earlier this month. The Queen and other close members of the Royal Family have been informed.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness. https://t.co/aAJ23uSbao
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 27, 2017
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridgecongratulated the couple: “We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”
Markle’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, released a statement through Clarence House and said they were “incredibly happy” at the news.
“Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. Ro see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents.
“We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”
Markle, 36, has reportedly finished filming her final scenes on the TV dramaSuits, which she will be exiting after seven seasons playing paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane. The couple met in London through mutual friends inJuly 2016 and quietly began dating.
Following reports and rumors of a new royal romance, Prince Harry confirmed their relationship in a statement condemning the media’s “wave of abuse and harassment” towards Markle in November 2016.
Kensington Palace has issued a statement this morning about the harassment currently being experienced by Meghan Markle and her family. pic.twitter.com/EuFZ4fmUIj
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 8, 2016
In an interview from September, Markle described herself and Prince Harry as “two people who are really happy and in love.”
In theVanity Faircover story, Markle described the fifth in line to the British throne as her “boyfriend” and talked about how they kept their relationship private despite the intense media interest:
“We’re a couple. We’re in love. I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.”