Britain's Prince Harry is engaged to his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle with the marriage due to take place in the spring of 2018, his father Prince Charles announced in a statement on Monday.
Harry, 33, currently fifth-in-line to the British throne, and Markle, 36, best known for her role in the US TV legal drama Suits, became engaged earlier this month, the statement issued by Clarence House said.
“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 said.
The couple met in July 2016 after they were introduced by friends.
“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,” Markle’s parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland said in a statement.
“We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited about their future together.”
The wedding will take place in spring 2018. Further details will be announced in due course.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 27, 2017
As soon as the news hit the microblogging site Twitter, social media users were quick to react.
I would like to offer my very warmest congratulations to HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upon their engagement. This is a time of huge celebration for two people in love and, on behalf of myself, the Government and the country, I wish them great happiness for the future. https://t.co/Sfx76X98BW— Theresa May (@theresa_may) November 27, 2017
Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement. We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 27, 2017
Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Wonderful news and I wish them a long and happy life together.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) November 27, 2017
So many reasons to celebrate Prince Harry & Megan Markle, particularly the fact that it spectacularly upends & trolls the racist/white nationalist rhetoric polluting our country over the last year #royalwedding pic.twitter.com/80IXBKMwjq— Anne Louise Avery (@AnneLouiseAvery) November 27, 2017
Prince Harry's kids will be Americans. What if one grows up to be president and is in line for the throne at the same time? Brits are playing long-ball here, but it's a smart move. They want America back and this is how they'll do it.— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) November 27, 2017
Can’t Prince Harry and his American girlfriend run our country? They seem nice.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 27, 2017
We got us a Black princess ya'll. You really can't tell me a damn thing for the rest of the day because it won't matter. Shout out to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Their wedding will be my Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/WmBnGm5AuZ— GirlTyler (@sheistyler) November 27, 2017
I am uncharacteristically thrilled about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.— Gemma Styles (@GemmaAnneStyles) November 28, 2017
Prince Harry's future mother-in-law is a black woman with dreadlocks. There are no words for this kind of joy.— S. (@Samara_Linton) November 27, 2017
Watch: Meghan Markle tells the story of how Prince Harry proposed
(With Reuters inputs)