Prince Harry has informed the Queen and other members of the Royal Family that he and his girlfriend, US actress Meghan Markle, became engaged earlier this month, the statement from Kensington Palace reads.
The Prince of Wales has announced the engagement of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/rtlAnFCWTf— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 27, 2017
Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Markle's parents, who wished the couple "a lifetime of happiness" in their statement adding that seeing their daughter's union with Prince Harry is "a source of great joy" for them.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge commented on the announcement of the engagement saying that they are "very excited for Harry and Meghan" and "it has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together."
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness. https://t.co/aAJ23uSbao— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 27, 2017
Warm congratulations were also sent by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who wished the couple "great happiness for the future."
I would like to offer my very warmest congratulations to HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upon their engagement.— Theresa May (@theresa_may) November 27, 2017
This is a time of huge celebration for two people in love and, on behalf of myself, the Government and the country, I wish them great happiness for the future. https://t.co/Sfx76X98BW
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and UK ex-Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated Harry and Meghan as well.
Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Wishing them a lifetime of love and happiness together.— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) November 27, 2017
Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Wonderful news and I wish them a long and happy life together.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) November 27, 2017
Rumors had been circulating in the press for some time about the possible engagement between Prince Harry and divorced American actress Meghan Markle, prompting controversy in some quarters.
Markle's interview to Vanity Fair in September came as a surprise as she shared her feelings for Harry and spoke openly and frankly about their courtship before becoming engaged, which is uncommon for a royal love interest.
Thirty-six-year-old actress Meghan Markle, best known for her role in US legal drama "Suits", is engaged in humanitarian work as she campaigned with the UN on the issues of gender equality and traveled to Rwanda as an ambassador for the charity World Vision Canada.