Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Officially Engaged

Here comes the next royal bride and groom!

On Monday (November 21), Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and fifth in line to the throne, and actress/ humanitarian Meghan Markle officially announced the historic engagement. According to a statement from Clarence House, Prince Harry and Markle got engaged earlier this month after receiving the blessing from Markle’s family. The wedding will take place spring 2018.

Not long after the official announcement, the couple made a public appearance in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in London to pose for cameras and celebrate the announcement. When asked by the press how they feel, Harry said “We’re thrilled! Very glad it’s not raining!” Meghan added “So happy.” According to CNN, Harry told reporters he knew Markle was “the one from the very first time we met.”

The families also shared their excitement for the impending royal nuptials. In a statement from Kensington Palace, Mr. Thomas Markle and Ms. Doria Ragland said they are “incredibly happy” and her union with Harry is “a source of great joy for us as parents.” The parents of the future bride added: “We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”

Although the palace did not say what titles would be conferred upon the couple they say “I do,” but Prince Harry will likely be awarded a dukedom, meaning Markle will become a duchess. As CNN reports Markle will not become a princess in her own right because she does not have royal blood.

The couple, who have been dating since 2016, made their first public appearance back in September at the Invictus Games in Toronto. Markle is known for her role on the USA hit show Suits and her philanthropic work for gender equality and women’s rights. The 36-year-old actress –who was born and raised in south Los Angeles, Baldwin Hills –has also opened up about her life as a biracial woman. In 2015, Markle wrote a moving essays for Elle about her background and racial identity.

“Just as black and white, when mixed, make grey, in many ways that’s what it did to my self-identity: it created a murky area of who I was, a haze around how people connected with me. I was grey. And who wants to be this indifferent colour, devoid of depth and stuck in the middle? I certainly didn’t,” Markle wrote. “So you make a choice: continue living your life feeling muddled in this abyss of self-misunderstanding, or you find your identity independent of it. You push for colour-blind casting, you draw your own box. You introduce yourself as who you are, not what colour your parents happen to be. You cultivate your life with people who don’t lead with ethnic descriptions such as, ‘that black guy Tom’, but rather friends who say: ‘You know? Tom, who works at [blah blah] and dates [fill in the blank] girl.’ You create the identity you want for yourself, just as my ancestors did when they were given their freedom.”

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