2017-11-27 13:02:19 UTC
Harry proposed earlier this month.
By Jamie Feldman
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged, Clarence House announced on
The 33-year-old royal and the 36-year-old American actress, who have
been dating since 2016, got engaged earlier this month, Clarence House
said. The wedding is set to take place in Spring 2018. After the
nuptials, the couple plan to reside in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington
The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince
Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/zdaHR4mcY6
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) November 27, 2017
Harry's brother and sister-in-law the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
were among the first to congratulate the couple on their engagement.
'We are very excited for Harry and Meghan," Prince William and the
former Kate Middleton said in a statement. "It has been wonderful
getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are
Harry's father Charles, the Prince of Wales, said he was "thrilled."
Markle's parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, said in a statement
that they were "incredibly happy" for the pair. The Queen and Duke of
Edinburgh "are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness,"
a Buckingham Palace spokesman said. British Prime Minister Theresa May
called the news "a time of huge celebration for two people in love."
Their relationship has been closely watched by royal enthusiasts and
tabloids alike. Harry first confirmed the two were dating in November
2016 when he delivered a statement regarding alleged press and
paparazzi harassment and online abuse Markle was subjected to as a
result of the relationship.
At the time, Harry was "worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply
disappointed that he has not been able to protect her," the statement
After that public confirmation, the two attended weddings together and
reportedly shacked up in Canada, where Markle's television show "Suits"
is filmed, and have been able to maintain some level of privacy.
Aside from her work as an actor, Markle is known for her activism and
charitable work. She has served as an advocate for UN Women and an
international ambassador for Global Vision, a relief, development and
advocacy organization that helps provide access to clean water in over
50 countries. In March, she penned a powerful essay about the stigma
surrounding menstruation around the world.
Born and raised in California, Markle attended Northwestern University
and earned a double major in drama and international relations. She has
spoken openly about finding her confidence being biracial (her mother
is African-American and her dad is Caucasian), writing that although
her mixed heritage "may have created a grey area surrounding my
self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence,
I have come to embrace that. To say who I am, to share where I'm from,
to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman."
Markle has appeared on other television series including "Castle," and
in movies like "Horrible Bosses" and "Get Him to the Greek." She was
previously married to American producer Trevor Engelson, a union that
ended in 2013, and will be the first American to marry into the British
royal family since Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced socialite whose
relationship with King Edward VIII prompted him to abdicate the throne.
They married in 1937.
Harry, who retired from the military in 2015 and currently lives in an
apartment in Kensington Palace, has devoted much of his time to charity
work. He founded the Invictus Games, a Paralympics-style sporting event
for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women in 2014, works
alongside Will and Kate on mental health initiatives and works to
de-stigmatize HIV testing, too.
Can you say power couple? If you need us, we'll be right here counting
down the days until their big royal wedding.