Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the Invictus Games on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.
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Prince Harry is engaged to be married to US actor and humanitarian Meghan Markle, Clarence House has announced.
The statement 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 Duke and Duchess of Cambridge congratulated 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.”
Speaking during a visit to Poundbury, Dorset, Prince Charles told reporters that he was “thrilled” and “very happy indeed” at the couple’s news.
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. To 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 drama Suits, which she will be exiting after seven seasons playing paralegal turned lawyer Rachel Zane. The couple met in London through mutual friends in July 2016 and quietly began dating.
In an interview from September, Markle described herself and the 33-year-old prince as “two people who are really happy and in love.”
In the Vanity Fair cover 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.”
The couple made their first public appearance that month, watching a wheelchair tennis event at the Invictus Games. The international sporting event was established by Harry for injured soldiers.
She attended Northwestern University, in Illinois, and studied theater and international relations, and will become the first American to marry into the royal family since Wallis Simpson, in 1936. She will become a HRH (Her Royal Highness) and a senior royal after the wedding. Markle was previously married to film producer Trevor Engelson.
in addition to acting, she is a global ambassador for World Vision Canada, a Christian humanitarian organisation.
Following their engagement announcement, the couple were congratulated by the British prime minister, Theresa May. In a statement, she offered her “warmest congratulations” to the pair.
“This is a time of huge celebration for two people in love. On behalf of myself, the Government and the country, I wish them great happiness for the future,” she continued.
The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, also said he was “absolutely delighted” to hear the news. “I wish them many years of love, happiness and fulfilment – and ask that God blesses them throughout their married life together.”
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also congratulated the couple. “I hope they have a great time and great fun together,” he said. Corbyn, who said he had met Harry “a couple of times” felt “sure they’re going to have a great deal of fun together.
“I really do admire the way Harry and his brother are actually drawing attention to mental health conditions all across the country. So I wish him well, thank him for what he’s done on mental health, and I hope they have a great life together.”
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