Prince Harry to marry US actress Markle in 2018 spring

LONDON: Britain’s Prince Harry said he was thrilled after he and US actress Meghan Markle announced they were engaged on Monday with the couple to tie the knot in the spring of next year.
Harry, 33, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and fifth-in-line to the British throne, and Markle, 36, best known for her role in the US TV legal drama “Suits”, got engaged this month in London.
“Thrilled, over the moon,” said Harry as he posed for photographs with his fiancée in the grounds of Kensington Palace in central London where the couple will live in a cottage.
Asked when he knew Markle was “the one”, he replied: “The very first time we met.”
Markle, who wore a white coat, said she was “so very happy” as she clutched her future husband’s arm tightly during their brief appearance.
They left with their arms around each other. She showed off a dazzling three-stone ring, designed by Harry himself with at its centre a diamond from Botswana, which his office said was a place special to the couple, surounded by two diamonds taken from the personal collection of his late mother Princess Diana.
The queen, who had to give her assent for the union, and her husband Prince Philip were delighted, Buckingham Palace said, while Harry also received the blessing of Markle’s parents.
Harry and Markle, who is a divorcee, met in July 2016 after they were introduced through friends.
The prince, the younger son of Charles and his first wife Diana, publicly confirmed their relationship months later in a rebuke to the media over its alleged intrusion into Markle’s private life.