The official news broke on Monday, November 27, after months of speculation that the couple were about to tie the marital knot.
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
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh announced they "are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness", a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.
Harry, 33, has been dating the 36-year-old actress, who appeared in the US legal drama Suits, since the summer of 2016. Various reactions to the royal engagement announcement predictably poured in from social networks members.
Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/0XYpkQl09e— TV Fanatic (@Khaleesi_Hodan) November 27, 2017
CONGRATS to Prince Harry and Meghan 🙌🏻🎉👰🏼 Bring on the Royal Wedding pic.twitter.com/gjokx7Kwwh— The Growing Up Guide (@TheGrownUpGuide) November 27, 2017
Realising you will now never get to marry Prince Harry, despite it being your dream since you were 8 pic.twitter.com/fcYmGKpNxp— Brighton Girl (@BtonGirlProbs) November 27, 2017
Hey Prince Harry and Meghan hurry up and announce a date for the wedding. We want to know when we’re getting a day off! pic.twitter.com/Yq3AZVWh5o— Tony Shepherd (@tonysheps) November 27, 2017
The world: Prince Harry is going to marry Meghan Markle!— Mark Lankester (@markrlankester) November 27, 2017
The UK:…Do we get the day off? pic.twitter.com/0UBYCIV8bf
i'm laughing so much my entire fb feed is girls crying over prince harry being engaged this is too funny djdjdjdjdj— amy♡🍂 (@junmyeons_) November 27, 2017
My family are getting super excited about prince harry getting engaged to that girl from suits pic.twitter.com/wpAsqEngKV— 🔥🌹 (@BeethFrancees) November 27, 2017
Meghan and Prince Harry got the cookout like pic.twitter.com/aT1UGMeBP9— Jazz P (@OHeyJ) November 27, 2017
Their 16-month relationship began when they met through mutual friends in London and the pair have been particularly close in recent months, with Ms. Markle staying regularly at Harry's home in Kensington Palace.
The news was warmly greeted by Ms. Markle's parents, who in a statement, said "we are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry" and "we wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future."
The newly engaged couple will appear for a photo call at Kensington Palace on Monday afternoon. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace after they marry.