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Prince Harry announces engagement to actress Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle is ditching her suit for a wedding gown.

Prince Harry, Britain’s most eligible bachelor, popped the question to the 36-year-old American actress in London earlier this month, Prince Charles announced Monday morning.

The lovebirds will exchange vow in a royal wedding in the spring of 2018, according to the Clarence House.

The 33-year-old prince proposed to the California native after receiving her parents’ blessing.

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“We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry,” her parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland said in a statement through Kensington Palace. “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.”

“We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together,” the proud parents wrote.

Harry has informed the Queen of his plan to marry.

The 91-year-old monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh said they are “delighted for the couple and with them happiness.”

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The proposal comes within a year of when the couple went public with their relationship after meeting in London through mutual friends in July 2016.

It would be a full year until Prince Harry and his future bride would be photographed in public together. The two were seen holding hands during a tennis match at the Invictus Games in Toronto.

Harry and Markle were rumored to be planning a “non-traditional wedding” — unlike the lavish ceremony where his older brother, Prince William, tied the knot with Kate Middleton.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cheered the engagement.

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“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,” the royals said.

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After the spring nuptials, the newlyweds will move into Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

Prince Harry is fifth in line for the British throne.

News of the engagement comes just days after a popular London bookkeeper suspended bets on when Harry would get engaged amid rumors the announcement was looming.

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Harry and Markle kept their relationship fairly secret until the prince proved his loyalty to her. He blasted hateful comments and negative press coverage aimed at his new love through a scathing statement through Kensington Palace.

The statement referred to Markle as the prince’s girlfriend while reminding readers that his mother, Princess Diana, died in a mangled car wreck while being pursued by paparazzi photographers.

“The past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment,” the statement from November 2016 read, which confirmed the pair’s relationship.

Much of the criticism toward Markle stemmed from the fact she attended Catholic high school, had a black father and white mother and has been divorced.

There is a long-running custom barring royals from marrying Catholics and divorcees. However, writer Sally Bedell Smith, who has written a number of biographies on the royal family told Vanity Fair that Queen Elizabeth has an open-mind when it comes to the right match.

Markle spoke to Vanity Fair in September about being “in love” with the Prince.

“We’re a couple. We’re in love,” she said in the interview.

“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,” she continued, referencing their choice to keep private.

Markle is extremely focused on philanthropic efforts, much like Harry’s late mother Princess Diana. It is rumored that upon her move to Kensington Palace, Markle would give up acting and focus all of her energy on philanthropy.  

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