LONDON – Prince Harry of England – a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of State of the United Kingdom – will marry his girlfriend Meghan Markle, a royal statement released on Monday by Kensington Palace said.
Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, from the United States, met each other in Canada in 2016 when the prince was promoting the Invictus Games for war veterans in Toronto.
“The Prince of Wales has announced the engagement of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle,” Kensington Palace said.
Speculation about an impending engagement announcement grew after Markle arrived in London from her usual place of residence in Canada last week.
Harry is the second son of Charles, the Prince of Wales, from his marriage to Princess Diana and is fifth in line to succeed the throne of the UK.
“The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness,” Buckingham Palace said.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said of the engagement: “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.”
Markle’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, have also wished the couple “a lifetime of happiness,” Kensington Palace added.