Updated Nov. 27, 2017, 3:30 a.m. PT: We’ve been cautiously optimistic that this news was true, but now, we can safely say it is: Prince Harry is confirmed to be engaged to Meghan Markle. Finally! The news was confirmed on Monday morning local time by Clarence House, which released an official statement about the royal engagement and when the couple will be married.
“His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course. His Royal Highness and Ms Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents,” the Twitter announcement read. The statement also confirmed that Harry and Markle will live in Nottingham Cottage on the Kensington Palace grounds during their engagement.
The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/zdaHR4mcY6
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) November 27, 2017
E! News featured the reported reactions of Prince William and Kate Middleton as well as Markle’s parents to this exciting news. For their part, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly stated they’re “very excited for Harry and Meghan,” going on to say, “It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”
Markle’s parents issued a statement through Kensington Palace, remarking, “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.”
And of course, the queen did not stay silent about this incredibly happy news. In a statement issued by Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip “are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness.”
Updated Nov. 24, 2017, 11:30 a.m. PT: It finally happened. Buckingham Palace has released an official statement on all the engagement rumors that have been heating up about Prince Harry and his longtime girlfriend, Meghan Markle. But don’t get too excited, fam.
The official stance of the palace is that it “would not give a running commentary on Harry’s love life” according to Elle. Seriously? Why bother giving a statement at all?
Unless, of course, they’re just trying to build up hype since experts think the announcement is coming pretty much any minute. Some say it’ll be a Christmas announcement, while others are expecting it first thing in 2018 to kick off the new year. Either way, word is Markle just moved in with Harry full time at Kensington Palace, and pretty much everyone with any knowledge of the royal family says this engagement announcement is imminent.
So, yep, any day now, you two.
OK, we’re going to need Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to just go ahead and announce their engagement already. Everyone knows it’s coming. Heck, we’ve confidently suspected it for, like, a year. Now that Markle has finished filming her last ever episodes of Suits, this is obviously what’s next, so why hasn’t he proposed yet?
According to insiders, Harry already has proposed. It’s just that he and his betrothed aren’t telling anyone yet. In the latest issue of Us Weekly, an insider reveals that even though they haven’t made their official engagement announcement, Harry and Markle have already set a date for their wedding.
“It will definitely be a summer wedding,” the insider said, adding that Harry designed a ring for Markle using diamonds from a broach that belonged to his mother, Princess Diana. And apparently, even though they’re not formally engaged as far as the public is concerned, Markle is moving into Harry’s place at Kensington Palace pretty much now.
“There are no plans for them to live separately,” one of Markle’s friends told Us Weekly. “Meghan will move right in.”
So when are they actually going to go public with all this? It’s not like they’ll be able to hide the fact that she has moved in. According to yet another insider, the palace is already coordinating the official engagement announcement (and the photo shoot and syndicated TV interview that will go with it), and we can expect that the official word “will likely be some time in January,” this friend says. “It gives Meghan some time to get settled and will be a great start to 2018.”
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Bring on the next royal wedding already, fam. We’re getting impatient.