Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle just announced that they will be getting married in May at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The couple announced their engagement on Monday.
The royal household says that the couple became engaged in London earlier this month.
They say that Prince Harry has informed The Queen and other close members of The Royal Family.
“We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together,” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said about the engagement.
The marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will take place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. pic.twitter.com/lJdtWnbdpB
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) November 28, 2017
Markle’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, released a statement saying, “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.”
Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are "thrilled and happy" to be engaged. pic.twitter.com/HBz30SbZVE
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) November 27, 2017
Windsor Castle is located about 20 miles west of London, and St. George’s is a 14th century chapel that’s been used for royal weddings, including Prince Edward—Prince Charles’ youngest brother.
Many royals are also interred inside the chapel, including George VI, Queen Elizabeth’s father.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in Westminster Abbey in London in 2011.
Have you been wondering who Meghan Markle is? We’ve got the details on the actress.
Born August 4, 1981 as Rachel Meghan Markle, she grew up in Los Angeles and considers herself a California girl at heart.
Although she is not Catholic, according to Vanity Fair, she graduated from a Catholic high school in L.A..
Her father, Thomas Markle, was a successful lighting director for “General Hospital” and “Married … With Children.”
She told Vanity Fair, “Every day after school for 10 years, I was on the set of ‘Married … With Children,’ which was a really funny and perverse place for a little girl in a Catholic school uniform to grow up.” We can imagine!
Since 2011, Markle has starred as Rachel Zane on the USA Network show “Suits” and lived in Toronto, where the show films. She recently announced that she would be leaving the show after seven seasons, which sparked rumors of an impending engagement between her and Prince Harry.
After studying theater and international relations, Markle graduated with a Communications degree from Northwestern University in Illinois in 2003.
From September 2011 until May 2013, Markle was married to producer Trevor Engelson, 41. They had a no-fault divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, according to Newsweek.
Prince Harry would be the second member of the royal family to marry a divorcée: King Edward VIII (later known as the Duke of Windsor) abdicated, or gave up, the throne so he could marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson in 1937. At that time, a monarch marrying a divorced woman caused a huge scandal, but today, the Queen has given Prince Harry her blessing to marry Markle.
Written by Mary Stringini for WFTS with additional reporting from Simplemost staff.