Meet the in-laws! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement announcement on Monday, November 27 was accompanied by the public support of their family members, including the Queen, Prince William, and her parents. “The whole family has come together and been a huge amount of support,” Harry said Monday to BBC News.
“His family has been so welcoming,” Markle added. “His mom’s side as well, which has been really good to me. We’ve had a really nice time getting to know them.” Below, The Knot rounds up the family’s reactions to the engagement ahead of the biggest wedding since the 2011 British royal nuptials.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
After celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary, the Queen and Prince Philip released a short statement via Twitter to accompany Prince William and Kate Middleton’s reaction to the couple’s engagement news. “The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness,” the tweet read.
Markle recently stopped by Buckingham Palace for tea with Queen Elizabeth, fueling engagement speculation.
Mr. Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland
Markle’s parents, of course, added an adorable note of their own. “We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person,” it read. “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.”
Indeed, both Prince Harry and his fiancee advocate on behalf of various global humanitarian efforts. Prior to the proposal, Harry sought the approval and blessing of Markle’s parents.
Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camila Parker Bowles
Clarence House was first to announce the news on Monday. “The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle,” the official statement read.
Following the momentous news, Prince Charles and his wife issued a joint note about the new addition to their family. “We’re thrilled. We’re both thrilled,” the couple expressed. “We hope they’ll be very happy indeed.”
Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton
He has big brother’s approval. Nearly seven years after their own wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge publicly embraced Markle into their growing family. (The Duchess is currently expecting the couple’s third child.)
“We are very excited for Harry and Meghan,” Prince William and Middleton expressed. “It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”
Patrick J. Adams
Markle’s Suits co-star and her on-screen husband, who’s married to Troian Bellisario in real life, cracked a joke about the news. “She said she was just going out to get some milk…” the actor wrote Monday alongside Kensington Palace’s tweet.
She said she was just going out to get some milk… https://t.co/y7cnM0eC9D
— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) November 27, 2017
He later took to Instagram to share a sentimental note about his longtime colleague. “Your Royal Highness, you are a lucky man,” Adams expressed. “And I know your long life together will be joyful, productive and hilarious. Meghan, so happy for you, friend. Much love.”
Another one of Markle’s co-stars warmly congratulated the couple on social media after the news broke Monday. “Sending all my best for your upcoming nuptials and a long happy life together,” the actor expressed on Twitter.
Congrats to @meghanmarkle and Prince Harry. Sending all my best for your upcoming nuptials and a long happy life together. #love
— Gabriel Macht (@GabrielMacht) November 27, 2017
Prince Harry’s lasting friendship with the former President of the United States became evident after Barack Obama supported the royal at the Invictus Games in September. Naturally, the former Commander-in-Chief took to social media to congratulate the young royal.
Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement. We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 27, 2017
Harry and Markle will marry in Spring 2018. He proposed to the actress in early November with a three-stone ring that includes two diamonds from the late Princess Diana’s collection, as well as a large center stone from Botswana.