Prince Harry is to marry American actress Meghan Markle, it has been announced, with the Royal family flocking to congratulate the couple.
Clarence House confirmed the much-anticipated news that the Prince, 33, and his 36-year-old girlfriend are engaged in a statement on Monday morning.
The royal wedding will take place in the spring of next year. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will appear at a photocall at Kensington Palace on Monday afternoon to celebrate their engagement and record a television broadcast due to be screened on Monday evening.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh said they were “delighted” for their grandson and his bride-to-be, and “wish them every happiness”.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: “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.”
Ms. Markle’s parents wished their daughter and Harry “a lifetime of happiness”, adding: “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.”
Visiting Poundbury in Dorset on Monday, the Prince of Wales said he was “thrilled” and “very happy indeed” for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Fifth in line to the throne Harry has been dating the 36-year-old star – who found fame in the US legal drama Suits – since the summer of 2016.
Their 16-month whirlwind romance blossomed when they met through mutual friends in London, and the pair has been almost inseparable in recent months.
The much-anticipated news was confirmed by the Prince of Wales in a brief statement issued by Clarence House.