Britain’s Prince Harry – who is now fifth in line to the throne – is soon going marry his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle. The couple has been dating since the summer of 2016
On Monday, they announced that they were engaged and would get married in the spring of next year.
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A statement issued by Prince Charles’ official London residence, Clarence House, said, “Prince Harry has already informed Her Majesty, the Queen and other close members of his family. He already took the permission from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, before seeking the blessing of Ms Markle’s parents.” The couple was introduced to each other back in July 2016 through common friends.
Prince Harry publicly proclaimed their relationship a few months later in a rebuke to the media, which had been intruding into Markle’s private life. It was only in the month of September that they made their first public appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto, a sports event for wounded veterans.
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
Markle is a divorcee. She has appeared in quite a few number of TV shows and films, such as “Horrible Bosses”, but achieved her greatest fame for her starring part as “Rachel Zane” in the ongoing “Suits” series. Earlier she was quoted saying “At the end of the day I think it’s really simple. We’re both are really happy and in love with each other”. Describing Harry as her “boyfriend,” Markle said that it was only a matter of time before they could announce anything publicly. The two were just a couple enjoying time with each other.
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The announcement means another grand royal wedding is in the offing — the first since William and Kate married in 2011. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said the queen, who had to give her assent for the union, and her husband Prince Philip was delighted. Harry’s brother, Prince William, and his pregnant wife Kate welcomed Markle to the royal family. “We are very excited for Harry and Meghan,” they said in a statement. “It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”
Harry was once known for his “bad boy” antics. But later he has largely won over the British public with his winning smile, his military career and his devotion to charities aimed at helping disabled veterans and other causes. The 33-year-old prince recently won praise for his work campaigning for more openness about mental health issues. Whereas Markle, who was born August 4, 1981, to a clinical therapist mother and television lighting director father, grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in Toronto. Markle married film producer Trevor Engelson in 2011, but the pair divorced two years later.