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The Duchess of Cornwall on Meghan Markle: “America’s loss is our gain”

The Duchess of Cornwall has welcomed Meghan Markle to the British Royal Family, saying “America’s loss is our gain” during a visit to Stoke.

When asked by a reporter on her reaction to the news of Prince Harry’s engagement to the American actress, Camilla said: “She’s a star.”

The 70-year-old added: “Sometimes, in a climate where we are surrounded by a lot of bad news, it’s a real joy to have some good news for once.”

The Duchess of Cornwall is in Stoke for a day of engagements alongside her husband, the Prince of Wales.

Here, in her role as patron of The National Literacy Trust, Camilla met 200 Staffordshire schoolchildren taking part in reading activities.

The Duchess is known to be an avid reader and is passionate about getting more children and young people into reading.

Meanwhile, during an engagement in London, the Duchess of Cambridge said: “William and I are absolutely thrilled. It’s such exciting news.

“It’s a really happy time for any couple, and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment.”

On Monday, Meghan’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, have released a statement saying: “We’re incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry.

“Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person.

“To see her union with Prince 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.”

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson added that The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are “delighted for the couple” and “wish them every happiness.”

Details of the Spring wedding, including the exact date and venue, are expected to be released on Tuesday afternoon.

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