Fairytale endings are real!
It was officially announced on Monday that the 33-year-old prince and the 36-year-old actress are engaged. The two had begun dating in July of 2016 and became a couple only a few short months later.
“His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month,” Clarence House said in a statement. “Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.”
The pair’s wedding, the largest royal wedding since Prince William and Kate Middleton, is set to take place in the spring of 2018. A direct heir to the throne has not wed an American since 1937 when King Edward VIII relinquished his title to marry Wallis Simpson.
As for the families, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are delighted for the couple. Markle’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, said they both are incredibly happy about the engagement.
“Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person,” they said. “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.”
Big brother Prince William and, wife, Kate Middleton are also elated about the news. In a statement they said, “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.”
Even Charles Spencer, brother of Princess Diana, took to Twitter to congratulate his nephew. “The best of news. Nothing better than seeing a thoroughly lovely man truly happy.”