Another royal wedding is set for next spring.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are involved and expected to wed in spring 2018, Kensington Palace announced through Harry’s father, Prince Charles, on Monday. The couple got engaged in London earlier this month after fulfilling during the summer of 2016 through mutual friends.
“His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the participation of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle, ” the statement read. “His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month.”
It added, “Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty the Queen and other close members of their own families. Prince Harry has also tried and received the bles of Ms. Markle’s parents.”
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The statement said the couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace. Harry and Markle’s upcoming wedding is likely to be the first grand royal wed since Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in 2011.
William and Kate, who is expecting her third child, said in a statement they find themselves excited for the couple, adding that “it has been wonderful to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”
Markle’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, also issued a statement saying they were “incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry.”
“Our daughter has always been a kind and adoring person. To understand her uniting with Harry, who shares the same characters, is the cause of great exhilaration for us as parents, ” they said in a statement released by Kensington Palace.
Markle, best known for her role as Rachel Zane, an ambitious paralegal in the reach U.S. legal drama “Suits, ” fueled rumors that a move to London and an commitment were imminent when she packed up her belongings and moved out of her Toronto apartment last week after wrapping up filming for the series. Days afterward, she was spotted in London Christmas shopping. It’s still unclear if she will return to “Suits” for the eighth season, but several reports indicated the seventh season was her last.
The couple has preserved their high profile relation largely quiet and have established only one official appearing out together at the Invictus Games — a sporting occurrence for wounded service personnel that Harry spearheaded — in Toronto in September. They comprised hands and smiled as they arrived for a tennis match. Several weeks later, Harry was photographed kissing Markle on the cheek as he joined the actress and her father in a luxury container to watch the event’s closing ceremony.
The couple quietly dated for the first few months after fulfill until Kensington Palace demonstrated the latter are the couple last-place November. But the news likewise came with a stern advise to the press. The lord pleaded for reporters to stop intruding on his girlfriend’s privacy. He denounced “outright sexism and racism” in some online commentaries, and said some sections with “racial undertones” had crossed the line.
Markle surprised many people when she shared her beliefs for Harry in a September cover story for Vanity Fair. It was the first time she addressed her relation publicly and “ve called the” prince her “boyfriend, ” saying: “We’re a couple. We’re in love.”
“At the end of the working day I think it’s really simple … we’re two people who are really happy and in love, ” Markle said.
Markle declared dating Harry “has its objections, ” and that their own lives changed in a surprisingly fast rate.
“But I still have this support system all around me, and, of course, my boyfriend’s supporting, ” she added. “Personally, I love a great love story.”
Harry — once known for his “bad boy” antics, including being photographed playing strip billiards in Las Vegas — has significantly won over the British public with his winning smile, his military career and his devotion to benevolences aimed at helping disabled ex-servicemen and other causes. The 33 -year-old prince recently won praise with his work campaigning for more openness about mental health issues. Communicating candidly about his personal are working to cope with the loss of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was only 12, he encouraged others to talk about their own troubles rather than keeping them bottled up inside.
Markle’s career has included small parts on Tv series including “Fringe, ” “CSI: Miami, ” “Knight Rider” and “Castle, ” as well as movies such as “Horrible Bosses.” Outside of acting, Markle founded a lifestyle blog called TheTig.com( which closed down in April without explanation ), and has lent her celebrity status to humanitarian causes.
She has campaigned with the United Nation on gender equality, written in Time magazine about girls’ education and the stigma surrounding menstruation, and has traveled to Rwanda as world diplomat for the benevolence World Vision Canada. She has described how her mother took her to the slums of Jamaica to witness poverty first-hand, saying experiences like that shaped her social consciousness and charity work.
To some degree that reflects its own experience of Harry, who was also inspired by his mother’s humanitarian work and embraced those kinds of benevolences Diana favored in the final years of her life before her 1997 extinction in a Paris vehicle crash.
Some tabloids had alluded to Markle’s mixed-race heritage, pointing out she has an African-American mother and a lily-white father. Markle herself has spoken out about coming to words with being biracial — both growing up, and in her Hollywood career. In a March interview with Allure magazine, she said examining race at college was “the first time I could throw a epithet to feeling too light in the black community and too mixed in the lily-white community.
“For castings, I was labeled` ethnically ambiguous’, ” she said.
Markle marriage movie producer Trevor Engelson in 2011, but the pair divorced 2 years later. It wouldn’t be first time that a British royal has wedded an American — or a divorcee. In 1936, Edward VIII famously abdicated after he was forced to choose between the kingdom and his relationship with twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending report digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam