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    Prince Harry - fifth in line to the British throne- is to marry his American actor girlfriend Meghan Markle, it has been announced. A royal wedding fever almost instantly took over the social media.

    The official news broke on Monday, November 27, after months of speculation that the couple were about to tie the marital knot.

    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.

    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.


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