After months of speculation, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have finally announced that they are engaged. According to a press release from Clarence House, they became engaged in London earlier this month after seeking blessings from Meghan Markle’s parents and the Queen.
Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan Markle, 36, met in 2016 and their whirlwind relationship has gained widespread attention. By November 2016, Prince Harry was forced to ask the press to leave Meghan Markle alone after concerns about her privacy and safety.
It has not been confirmed whether Meghan Markle will be able to continue acting after marrying Prince Harry, the fifth in line to the throne. It has been announced that she will leave the popular US show Suits at the end of season seven, prior to their wedding.
There was speculation as to whether the pair would be allowed to marry. The media have drawn certain parallels with Wallace Simpson—the woman who caused so many problems for Prince Harry’s great uncle, King Edward VIII. Wallace Simpson was an American divorcee and as both of her ex-husbands were still alive, it was declared that she could not marry the king unless he gave up the throne.
Meghan Markle has been married before, but luckily the rules have since relaxed.
The wedding is due to take place in May 2018, so for all you royal-fans, the good news is that you won’t have long to wait. While the Church of England confirmed that they are allowed marry at Westminster Abbey—the same place where Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011—it has been announced that they will tie the knot at Windsor Castle.