It’s been about a month since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry quietly got engaged. When Clarence House announced the couple’s upcoming nuptials on November 27, the future bride’s parents—who are divorced—released a joint statement regarding their daughter’s relationship status.
“We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry,” Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland expressed. “Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. 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.”
Other royal family members also spoke out about the engagement in person, the most memorable remarks delivered directly by Prince William. “Personally, I hope it means he stays out of my fridge and will stop scrounging my food,” the big brother said at the time. “Which he’s done for the last few years!”
This week, the Daily Mirror finally tracked down Markle’s father on Rosarito Beach in Mexico, where he now leads a quiet life. The proud dad was asked whether he will be walking his daughter down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. According to the paper, he “beamed” in response and said, “Yes. I’d love to.”
He added, “I’m very pleased. I’m delighted.”
That was all from Thomas Markle, who respects the royal family’s desire for privacy. “I’m sorry,” he added, “you know I can’t talk.”
He’s not the only royal parent to be utterly excited for the nuptials. Duchess of Cornwall Camila Parker Bowles, Prince Harry’s stepmother, also expressed her happiness for the pending royal marriage. “It’s brilliant! America’s loss is our gain. We are absolutely delighted. As you can see, they’re so happy,” she recently said. “Sometimes, in a climate where we’re surrounded by a lot of bad news, it’s a real joy to have a bit of good news for once.”
The couple will marry in May 2018.