Britain’s Prince Harry and American Actress Meghan Markle Are Officially Engaged

The rumor mill has been buzzing for months, but now it’s official: Prince Harry is engaged to American actress Meghan Markle.

Prince Harry proposed to his girlfriend of 16 months earlier this month and they are planning a spring 2018 wedding, Clarence House revealed on Twitter via a statement from his father, Prince Charles.

Meghan Markle, a humanitarian campaigner and lifestyle blogger who succeeded in show business before falling for Harry, will become a senior member of the royal family as the wife of one of the monarchy’s most popular figures.

Both the royals and Meghan’s family are said to be “thrilled” about the big news. The actress’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, also wished the couple “a lifetime of happiness.” They said their daughter has always been “a kind and loving person” and said it has been “a source of joy” to see her with Harry, who shares those “same qualities”:

And the future Mr. and Mrs. have already gone public. Just hours after Clarence House announced their engagement news, Harry and Meghan attended a photocall at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden, where fans were there to cheer them on:

Considering the two have barely been photographed together up until this point, this is huge!

Harry, wearing a blue suit and tie, said he was “thrilled” and that details about his proposal would come out later. He was then asked if the proposal was romantic, and he replied: “Of course!” and he said that he knew Markle was the one for him “from the very first time we met.”

The ring, designed by Harry, includes two diamonds that belonged to Princess Diana, royal officials said. They flank a central diamond from Botswana, where the couple has spent time.

The newly engaged actress starred on the hit legal drama show Suits for seven seasons, and her costars were some of the first to respond to the exciting news.

“She said she was just going out to get some milk…,” joked Patrick J. Adams, who played Meghan’s on-screen fiancé.

He later added a photo of the actress to Instagram with a super heartfelt caption.

It’s worth noting that the marriage represents the first-ever blending of Hollywood glamor with the once-stuffy royal family, which has of late seemed less fixed in its ways and brings a mixed-race American divorcee into a highly visible role.

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