Prince Harry to marry girlfriend Meghan Markle next year
November 28, 2017 11:56 am
Prince Harry says he is “thrilled” after announcing he is to marry US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle.
The fifth in line to the throne will marry Ms Markle in spring 2018.
The couple, who have been dating since the summer of 2016, smiled as they posed for photographs outside Kensington Palace in London, where they will live.
Prince Harry said it had been a romantic proposal, while Ms Markle said she was “so very happy, thank you”.
Ms Markle, wearing a white belted coat, held Harry’s hand as they appeared briefly for the press at the palace’s Sunken Garden, and showed off her diamond engagement ring.
Asked by a reporter when he knew Suits star Ms Markle “was the one”, Prince Harry said: “The very first time we met”.
Kensington Palace said Ms Markle’s engagement ring was designed by Prince Harry and features two diamonds which belonged to his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
At the centre of the ring is a diamond from Botswana, a country the couple has spent time together over the last year and a half. The band is made from gold.
Downing Street said there are “no plans” for a bank holiday on the day of the wedding.
Prince Charles also said he was “thrilled”, adding that Ms Markle’s parents had given their blessing.
Prince Harry had already told the Queen and “other close members of his family” of the engagement, which took place in London earlier this month, Prince Charles said on Twitter.
The announcement, issued by Clarence House, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s official residence, said details about the wedding day would be unveiled “in due course”.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh said they were “delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness”, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, said they were “very excited for Harry and Meghan”, adding: “It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”