After months of fevered speculation that the 33-year-old had popped the question, Clarence House released an official statement on behalf of Prince Charles confirming the exciting news on Monday morning, British time.
In full, it reads: “The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle are engaged to be married. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.”
In September, the duo sat front and center at the wheelchair tennis semi-finals at the Invictus Games in Toronto. (Photo Credit: Now to Love)
“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.”
Shortly after, a statement from Meghan Markle’s parents Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle was shared.
It reads: “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.”
View this post on Instagram
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.
Ms. Markle's parents, Mr. Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland have wished the couple 'a lifetime of happiness.' pic.twitter.com/H4kpTgpkYE— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 27, 2017
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said of the engagement:— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 27, 2017
'We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to
know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.'
“We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”
And of course, Prince Harry’s biggest supporters — The Queen and Prince Philip — couldn’t be more thrilled for their grandson.
Their statement reads: “The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness.”
The palace also confirmed the couple will give their first-ever joint interview and pose for an engagement photo shoot this afternoon, U.K. time (around 9 a.m. EST).
“Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will appear for a photo call at Kensington Palace later this afternoon. Stay tuned! The couple will also take part in a broadcast interview to be aired this evening U.K. time,” Kensington Palace revealed.
It’s a ground-breaking moment for the British royal family as it marks the first time an American has married into the dynasty since Wallis Simpson controversially wed King Edward VIII in 1937.
But thankfully we’re now living in 2017 and unlike King Edward VIII, who gave up the throne so he could marry the twice-divorced socialite, Prince Harry’s marriage to his new wife, who was previously married to producer Trevor Engelson between 2013, will be celebrated by his loved ones and indeed the world!
Their engagement announcement comes hot on the heels of their stunning Invictus Games debut in September, where they put on a loved-up display at the wheelchair tennis and the closing ceremony.
Wedding rumors reached fever pitch after Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland joined the couple at the event. Before Invictus, Meghan and Harry had gone to great lengths not be seen together and have only been sighted in public together a few times. In March, Meghan joined Harry as his plus one for his best friend Tom Inskip’s wedding in Jamaica’s Montego Bay.
The couple will wed in the European spring of 2018, which could fall over March, April or May. (Photo Credit: Now to Love)
In May, the Suits star was spotted cheering on her man from the stands at a charity polo match in Ascot, England. They also jetted off on a romantic holiday for Meghan’s 36th birthday, spending three weeks traveling around Africa. They enjoyed a brief stay at The Queen’s Scottish highlands estate in Balmoral, with speculation rife he could have introduced Meghan to his grandmother.
But perhaps the biggest clue Harry had dropped a knee was Meghan’s unprecedented interview with Vanity Fair in September: “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,” she told the publication. Adding: “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.”
At the time, royal sources said there would be no way Meghan would have been sanctioned by the palace to do an interview had an engagement not already occurred.
News of their romance first broke in October with The Express first reporting the story.
“Harry loves to hear about Meghan’s humanitarian work and he thinks she’s doing a fantastic job,” a source explained at the time. “She is sassy, smart and vivacious and he just adores her love of life.”
The couple put on an affectionate display at the Invictus Games closing ceremony in September. (Photo Credit: Now to Love)
“She is sassy, smart and vivacious and he just adores her love of life,” a friend says of why Harry fell for the star. (Photo Credit: Now to Love)
One person who deserves a knighthood, or at the very least a case of beer as thanks, is the mutual friend responsible for introducing them in the first place is Markus Anderson. Meghan’s best friend, who is the global membership director at London’s Soho House, is no doubt patting himself on the back right now.
Congratulations to the beautiful couple. Now roll on that royal wedding!
This post was written by Bella Brennan. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.