Prince Harry Engaged to Meghan Markle, Wedding Set for Spring 2018

Britain's Prince Harry is engaged to American actor Meghan Markle, Kensington Palace announced Monday.

The wedding is due to take place in the spring of 2018.

Kensington Palace said Harry, 33, and Markle got engaged earlier this month. The royal has informed his family, including Queen Elizabeth, and also sought the blessing of Markle's family.

Harry and Markle, 36, began dating in July 2016 after being introduced by friends in London. The couple made their first public appearance together in July this year at the Invictus Games, a charitable sporting event founded by Harry, in Toronto, Canada.

Speaking to the October issue of Vanity Fair, Markle spoke about the relationship for the first time, telling the magazine she and Harry are "in love."

"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. 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," said the Suits star.

Speculation about imminent engagement news were sparked earlier this month when it was reported that Markle had quit her role as lawyer Rachel Zane in the long-running USA Network drama Suits. She is expected to bow out of the legal drama at the end of the show's seventh season, which is currently in production on its remaining six episodes.

Royal author and commentator Katie Nicholl told Newsweek earlier in November she heard that Markle "was quitting Suits a while back" and has also learned that Markle would move to the U.K. this month.

"This all signifies to me that an engagement could be just around the corner. Meghan has given up her career and is moving to the U.K., both major things, and without a doubt these are decisions largely influenced by her relationship with Harry," said Nicholl, who is a royal correspondent for the Mail on Sunday and Vanity Fair.

Royal reactions

Buckingham Palace said Monday that "The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness."

Prince William and Kate Middleton 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."

In a statement, Markle's parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland said they are "incredibly happy" for the couple. "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."

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