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Prince Charles announces the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

It has been announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged, and are set to marry in Spring 2018.

The Queen and members of the Royal family have been informed.

Prince Harry and Meghan became engaged earlier this month. The 33-year-old Prince sought her parent’s blessing before taking their daughter’s hand in marriage.

The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

The couple first met when Prince Harry was in Toronto, where Ms Markle filmed her legal drama, Suits, to promote Invictus 2017.

Details of the wedding have yet to be announced, however, it is likely to be more low-key than that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

It is also extremely likely that Prince Harry and Ms Markle will become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex upon marriage.

Timeline of Harry & Meghan’s relationship

Oct 31, 2016-News breaks about their three-month relationship
Nov 8, 2016- Harry releases rare statement asking media to leave Meghan alone
Nov 27, 2016- Prince William releases a statement in support of his brother’s relationship
Dec 14, 2016- First public spotting of Harry & Meghan in London
Jan 6, 2017- Harry takes Meghan to Norway to see Northern Lights
Jan 15, 2017- Meghan is introduced to the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte
Feb 2, 2017- Meghan has “virtually moved in” with Harry
Mar 3, 2017- Meghan joins Harry in Jamaica for close friend’s wedding
August 2017- Prince Harry and Meghan travel to Africa for a romantic holiday
September 2017- Meghan speaks publicly for the first time about her relationship

September 23, 2017- Meghan attends the opening ceremony of Invictus 2017, sitting away from Prince Harry

September 25, 2017- Prince Harry and Meghan make first official appearance as a couple at Invictus Games Toronto

September 30, 2017 – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sit together in luxury box during the Closing Ceremony for Invictus and share a kiss.

November 21, 2017– Meghan is spotted in London for the first time since she stopped filming Suits confirming the rumours she had moved in with Harry

Since the news emerged that Prince Harry had whisked Meghan away to Africa for a romantic holiday in August, speculation has been rife that an engagement would be imminent.

These rumours were strengthened after Meghan conducted an interview with Vanity Fair in September, where she spoke publicly for the first time about her relationship with the fifth-in-line to the throne.

Rachel Meghan Markle was born on 4 August 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Doria and Thomas W. Markle. She is of mixed-race with her mother being African-American and her father being of Dutch and Irish descent.

Having been educated at private schools her entire life, Ms Markle graduated in 2003 with a double major in Theater and International Relations from Northwestern University.

Ms Markle is an active humanitarian. She has worked as a counsellor for the One Young World charitable organisation, where she spoke in Dublin at its annual summit in 2014. In 2016, she became the Global Ambassador World Vision Canada and attended the Ottawa Summit that same year. In her role, she also travelled to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign.

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