Prince Harry to wed US actress Meghan MarkleArchive
LONDON: Britain’s Prince Harry said he was thrilled after he and US actress Meghan Markle announced they were engaged on Monday with the couple to tie the knot in the spring of next year.
Harry, 33, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and fifth-in-line to the British throne, and Markle, 36, best known for her role in the US TV legal drama “Suits”, got engaged this month in London.
“Thrilled, over the moon,” said Harry as he posed for photographs with his fiancée in the grounds of Kensington Palace in central London where the couple will live in a cottage.
Asked when he knew Markle was “the one”, he replied: “The very first time we met.”
Markle, who wore a white coat, said she was “so very happy” as she clutched her future husband’s arm tightly during their brief appearance. They left with their arms around each other.
She showed off a dazzling three-stone ring, designed by Harry himself with at its centre a diamond from Botswana, which his office said was a place special to the couple, surrounded by two diamonds taken from the personal collection of his late mother Princess Diana.
The queen, who had to give her assent for the union, and her husband Prince Philip were delighted, Buckingham Palace said, while Harry also received the blessing of Markle’s parents.
“We’re thrilled. I hope they will be very happy indeed,” his father, heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles said.
Harry and Markle, who is a divorcee, met in July 2016 after they were introduced through friends.
The prince, the younger son of Charles and his first wife Diana, publicly confirmed their relationship months later in a rebuke to the media over its alleged intrusion into Markle’s private life.
But it was not until September that they made their first public appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto, a sports event for wounded veterans.
“We’re in love,” Markle told Vanity Fair magazine that month. “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 a time of huge celebration and excitement for two people in love and, on behalf of myself, the government and the country, I wish them great happiness for the future,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Twitter.
Published in Dawn, November 28th, 2017