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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Engaged

Let the Royal Wedding countdown begin! Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are engaged, Clarence House officials confirmed on Monday, November 27.

“His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle,” The Royal Palace said in a statement on behalf of Harry’s father, Prince Charles. “The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.”

“His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. 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 statement continued, “The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace.”

The couple appeared for a photo call on Monday afternoon at Kensington Palace, followed by a broadcast interview to air in the U.K. that evening.

Markle’s parents also released an official statement. “We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. 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,” Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland said.  “We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”

Prince William and Duchess Kate issued a statement: “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.”

The couple met in London in July 2016, but their relationship wasn’t confirmed by Kensington Palace until a November in a statement condemning the media for harassing the Suits actress. “Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her,” the palace said. “It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”

“He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees,” the statement continued. “This is not a game—it is her life and his.”

“We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news,” Markle said in her October 2017 interview with Vanity Fair.

The couple made their first public appearance together back in September at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

Prior to Markle, Prince Harry dated Zimbabwean jewelry designer Chelsy Davy intermittently for seven years and later had a two year relationship with British actress and model Cressida Bonas.

Markle, who moved to London in November after ending her seventh and final season of “Suits”, was previously married to film producer and actor Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013.

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