It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for – Prince Harry has officially announced his engagement to Suits actress Meghan Markle.
An official statement from Kensington Palace confirmed the wonderful news, stating: 'His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle are engaged to be married.
The Prince of Wales made this announcement this morning:
'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.
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 couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.'
The official Twitter account for Kensington Palace also shared a series of updates following the news.
The news comes after months of speculation that the young royal was set to propose to 36-year-old Meghan – who he’s been dating since May 2016 – before the end of the year.
Earlier this year, The Sun reported that Kirstie Ennis, a former US marine and Paralympic hopeful, let it slip that a wedding might be on the cards when quizzed by reporters about attending the ceremony.
She reportedly nodded in response to a question about going to the prince’s “upcoming wedding” and then said: “I don’t think I’m worried about the wedding. I’m worried about the after party.”
The former soldier became friends with Harry after meeting him at a “Walking With the Wounded” charity event.
Last November, Kensington Palace issued a statement on Harry’s behalf that both confirmed his relationship with Meghan and asked for privacy and respect – an unprecedented move.
The statement explained that Harry was “worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her,” also confirming that they were “a few months into a relationship” at the time.
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