Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle are officially engaged, Kensington Palace announced on Monday. The Prince reportedly popped the question earlier this month.
“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 royal family said in a statement.
Prince Harry has the blessings of his parents. Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh are “delighted” for the couple and “wish them every happiness,” CNN exclusively reports.
Meghan Markle‘s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, are equally as excited. In a statement released by Kensington Palace, on their behalf, they said,
“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.
“We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”
UPDATE 11/27/17 at 10 p.m.
There have rumblings about an impending proposal for months. While their engagement is dominating the news cycle today, it’s old news to them. During their first interview together, the pair revealed that he popped the question weeks ago during a quiet night at home.
“[It happened] earlier this month, here at our cottage. A standard, typical night for us,” he said.
“It was just an amazing surprise. Just so sweet and natural,” Meghan gushed. “Very romantic. He got on one knee.”
Not only was it an immediate yes, Meghan couldn’t wait to answer Harry when he asked her to marry him.
Meghan shared, “As a matter of fact I could barely let [him] finish proposing. I said, ‘Can I say ‘yes’ now?'”
Harry recalled that Meghan was so excited to accept the proposal that she forgot all about getting the ring on her finger. Harry didn’t forget, though.
In all of the excitement, Harry remembers asking her, “Can I give you the ring?”
In the time since getting engaged, the pair have just been privately enjoying all the warm fuzzy feelings of being betrothed. Now that everyone knows they’re getting married, Meghan is finally getting to show off the lovely ring Harry gave her.
The royal couple are set to marry in spring 2018. But first, they took a stroll and posed for pictures to announce their engagement.