Prince Harry is ‘thrilled’- getting married to girlfriend Meghan Markle


LONDON: Prince Harry says he is “thrilled” after announcing he is to marry US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle. The fifth in line to the throne will marry Ms Markle in spring 2018.
The couple, who have been dating since the summer of 2016, smiled as they posed for photographs outside Kensington Palace in London, where they will live.
Prince Harry said it had been a romantic proposal, while Ms Markle said she was “so very happy, thank you”. Ms Markle, wearing a white belted coat, held Harry’s hand as they appeared briefly for the press at the palace’s Sunken Garden, and showed off her diamond engagement ring.
Asked by a reporter when he knew Suits star Ms Markle “was the one”, Prince Harry said: “The very first time we met”.
Kensington Palace said Ms Markle’s engagement ring was designed by Prince Harry and features two diamonds which belonged to his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
At the centre of the ring is a diamond from Botswana, a country the couple has spent time together over the last year and a half. The band is made from gold. Downing Street said there are “no plans” for a bank holiday on the day of the wedding.
Prince Charles also said he was “thrilled”, adding that Ms Markle’s parents had given their blessing.
Prince Harry had already told the Queen and “other close members of his family” of the engagement, which took place in London earlier this month, Prince Charles said.
An official announcement by the Kensington Palace reads: “His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.
“His Royal Highness and Ms Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms Markle’s parents. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.” The couple, who have been dating since the summer of 2016, met through mutual friends in London. In September 2017, Markle spoke publicly about her relationship for the first time, telling Vanity Fair: “We’re two people who are really happy and in love”. A source also told US Weekly that the British royal had commissioned a very special ring for the Suits star using diamonds from a brooch that once belonged to his mother, Princess Diana.