- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just got engaged.
- Rumours have been swirling for days and bookmakers stopped taking bets on the engagement.
- The pair met last year while Harry was in Toronto, Canada, where Markle lives.
- It comes just two months after Markle proclaimed: “We’re in love.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged.
Clarence House reported on Monday that the couple will marry in Spring 2018 and will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.
They are set to appear for a photo call at Kensington Palace at 2 p.m. on Monday.
A letter posted to the Clarence House Twitter account reads:
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.
You can see the official announcement below:
The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/zdaHR4mcY6
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) November 27, 2017
A statement from Ms. Markle’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, wished the couple “a lifetime of happiness.”
“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.”
“We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”
News of the next royal wedding was said to be imminent after gambling companies stopped taking bets on when the engagement will take place on Thursday.
Born in Los Angeles, 36-year-old Markle is best known for her role in legal drama “Suits,” in which she has played the character Rachel Zane since 2011.
Away from the camera, she is a fashion designer and also works as a women’s rights activist for the UN’s Women’s Political Participation and Leadership programme.
She lives in Toronto, Canada, where “Suits” is filmed. It was here that she reportedly met 33-year-old Harry in May 2016 while he was visiting the city to promote the Invictus Games 2017.
Harry reportedly had a crush on Markle for two years, and finally arranged a meeting through a mutual friend.
In summer 2017, Prince Harry took Markle on a romantic getaway to Botswana for her 36th birthday, sparking rumours of a potential engagement.
Their first public appearance came in September when they attended the Invictus Games in Toronto together. A month later, the prince introduced Markle to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, the Daily Mail reported.
Recent reports have speculated that Markle has left “Suits” in order to move to London to be with Harry, with some even suggesting she has moved out of her Toronto home.
Harry has said very little about their relationship, but Markle has spoken about being hopelessly in love with her man. In a cover interview for Vanity Fair in September, she said:
“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.”
Their relationship hasn’t been without challenges, however.
In a statement issued by Kensington Palace in November 2016, the Prince expressed his view that “a line had been crossed” in press coverage and social media trolling of Markle. It went on to say that Prince Harry was concerned for his partner’s safety and hoped that the press would “pause and reflect” before any further damage was done.