PRINCE of Wales Harry and noted Hollywood star Meghan Markle have announced they are engaged and will marry next year. Markle is a distant relation of Prince Harry. Their common ancestors are Elizabeth Bowes (1505– c.1572) and her husband, Richard Bowes, son of Sir Ralph Bowes of Streatlam Castle and High Sheriff of County Durham – ancestors of Queen Elizabeth I, the Queen Mother
The announcement came Monday from the office of Harry’s father, Prince Charles.The announcement says the couple became engaged earlier this month. It says 36-year-old Markle has met Queen Elizabeth II, and Harry also has received the blessing of Markle’s parents.
The couple got engaged and the Queen has given her grandson her permission to wed the American actress. The wedding will take place in the British spring in 2018,, Clarence House tweeted.
The couple will live at Prince Harry’s London residence, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, the statement said. Prince William and his wife Kate say they are excited for the couple. They say “it has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”
Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland say their 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.”
In a statement, Markle’s parents say they wish the couple “a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May offered her “very warmest congratulations,” wishing the couple “great happiness for the future.”
Harry, 33, is fifth in line to the British throne.