It’s really happening! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married, Clarence House officially announced Monday, November 27.
“His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month,” Clarence House shared in its statement. “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.”
Clarence House also confirmed that the couple’s wedding will happen in Spring 2018, nearly seven years after Harry’s big brother Prince William wed Kate Middleton in the spectacle of the century. “The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace,” the statement read.
The royal, 33, and the Suits actress, 36, first quietly started dating back in July 2016, and their relationship was confirmed in October 2016.
The couple’s engagement comes after Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Prior to that, Markle was spotted at the palace for tea with the Queen while engagement speculation reached a fever pitch. The actress was also spotted moving out of her home just last week ahead of the announcement.
Markle and Harry made their first official appearance together at his cause, the Invictus Games, in Toronto this fall. “I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple,” Markle told Vanity Fair of her relationship. “We’re two people who are really happy and in love.”
“We were very quietly dating for six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time,” she continued. “And the only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”