It’s official: all of Charles and Diana’s children are off of the market. Prince Harry is now engaged to American actress Meghan Markle, according to an official statement from Clarence House.
“His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle,” the statement reads. “The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.”
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The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/zdaHR4mcY6
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) November 27, 2017
Legally, Queen Elizabeth must bless the marriage for it to be recognized by the Crown, which she has. Markle, who was previously married to film producer Trevor Engelson, could have been forbidden from joining the royal family just a few years ago by divorce laws that have only recently been relaxed.
Markle told Vanity Fair in September: “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.”
Following untoward nastiness from tabloids and internet trolls, Harry released a statement about his relationship with Markle earlier this month, asking for an end to the “wave of abuse and harassment” Markle has been subject to, and called out “the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”