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Mon 23rd April, 2018
 

BREAKING: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle are engaged

It has just been announced – after much speculation this week – that Prince Harry has proposed to Meghan Markle and they are engaged.

The statement from Clarence House said the couple were in fact, engaged earlier this month, meaning the speculation about the couple was correct. It was believed that Meghan, actress in legal drama ‘Suits’ finished the series earlier this month, and there have been reports of her packing her house up and moving to London.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged! Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images

Bookmakers also suspended betting on another royal wedding late last week, fuelling speculation.

Prince Harry did the traditional thing and asked Meghan’s parents for their permission to marry their daughter, and they gave their blessing.

They also commented, via a Kensington Palace statement: “We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. 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.

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“We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”

Of course, The Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family have been informed; Prince Harry would have had to ask The Queen’s permission to marry, as the 5th in line to the throne.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also 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.”

A tweet from Buckingham Palace said The Queen and Prince Philip ‘are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness.’

Harry and Meghan, 33 and 35, will appear for an engagement photocall later this afternoon.

The palace also says that Harry and Meghan will live at Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace, Harry’s current home. They will have their wedding in the coming Spring, but no other details have been released.

It was clear that the short relationship was serious after the actress appeared in public to watch Prince Harry play polo in the summer, and the joined him at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September, walking hand-in-hand.

Congratulations to Harry and Meghan. What do you think of the news?

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Victoria has a passion for British history and Constitutional Monarchy, hence her reasons for founding The Crown Chronicles. Her specialism is the Early Modern era, with particular emphasis on the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. She is also a keen reader (usually something historical), baker and shopper. Her motto is to have a full bookcase, but a fuller wardrobe. Miss Howard also works closely with the British Monarchist Foundation as their Press Secretary and Spokesman.

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