Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spring Date and Charles Says: I'm Thrilled

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spring Date and Charles Says: I'm Thrilled

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Byline: Robert Jobson Royal Editor

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle today ended months of speculation by announcing that they will get married next spring.

The news was confirmed this morning by a "delighted" Prince Charles. His statement also revealed the couple became engaged in London earlier this month. Visiting Poundbury in Dorset, Charles, 69, told reporters he was "thrilled" and "very happy indeed".

The statement did not reveal the date or location of the ceremony but said further details will be announced.

Confirmation of the engagement comes after an 18-month romance between the prince, 33, who is fifth in line to the throne, and the 36-year-old American actress.

Today Buckingham Palace said the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh "are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness". The statement from Clarence House added: "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. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace." The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: "We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together."

Markle's parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland also issued a statement saying they are "incredibly happy" with the couple's engagement, adding: "We wish them a lifetime of happiness."

Theresa May went on Twitter to offer her "very warmest congratulations" and added: "This is a time of huge celebration and excitement for two people in love and, on behalf of myself, the Government and the country, I wish them great happiness for the future."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "My congratulations to Harry and Meghan. I wish them well. I hope they have a great time together."

The couple's plans appear to have been finalised at a series of last-minute meetings between senior courtiers at Kensington Palace. …

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