Prince Harry and Meghan Markleare engaged, Clarence House announced on Monday.

The 33 -year-old royal and the 36 -year-old American actress, who have been dating since 2016, got engaged earlier this month, Clarence House said. The marry about to be take place in Springtime 2018. After the nuptials, the couple plan to reside in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

Harry’s brother and sister-in-law the Dukeand Duchess of Cambridgewere among the first to congratulate the couple on their engagement.

’We are very excited for Harry and Meghan, ” Prince William and the onetime Kate Middleton said in a statement . “It has been wonderful to know Meghan and to be acknowledged that happy she and Harry are together.”

Harry’s father Charles, the Prince of Wales, said he was “thrilled.” Markle’s mothers, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, said in a statement that this organization is “incredibly happy” for the pair. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh “are delighted for the couple and wishes to receive every joy, ” a Buckingham Palace spokesman said. British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the news “a time of enormous revel for two parties in love.”

Their relationship has been closely watchedby royal addicts and tabloids alike. Harry first showed the two were dating in November 2016 when he delivered a statement considering suspect press and paparazzi provocation and online abuse Markle was subjected to as a result of the relationship.

At the time, Harry was “worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her, ” the statement said.

After that public corroboration, the two attended marries together and apparently shacked up in Canada, where Markle’s television show “Suits” is filmed, and have been able to maintain some degree of privacy.

Aside from her occupation as an actor, Markle is known for her activism and philanthropic study. She has helped as an advocate for UN Women and an international envoy for Global Vision, a succour, growing and advocacy organization that helps provide access to clean-living irrigate in over 50 countries. In March, she confined a potent essay about the stigma smothering menstruation around the world.

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Born and raised in California, Markle listened Northwestern University and earned a double major in theatre and international relations. She has spoken openly about learning her confidence being biracial( her mom is African-American and her father is Caucasian ), writing that although her mixed patrimony “may have created a grey zone encircling my self-identification, hindering me with a hoof on each side of the barrier, I have come to embrace that. To say who I am, to share where I’m from, to enunciate my respect in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman.”

Markle has appeared on other television series including “Castle, ” and in movies like “Horrible Bosses” and “Get Him to the Greek.” She was previously married to American farmer Trevor Engelson, a union that ended in 2013 ,~ ATAGEND and will be the first American to marry into the British royal family since Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced socialite whose relation with King Edward VIII induced him to renounce the throne. They married in 1937.

Harry, who retired from the military forces in 2015 and currently lives in an apartment in Kensington Palace, has dedicated often of his time to kindnes wield. He founded the Invictus Game, a Paralympics-style sporting event for wounded, disabled and ill servicemen and women in 2014, wreaks alongside Will and Kate on mental health strategies and works to de-stigmatize HIV measuring, more.

Can you say power couple? If you need us, we’ll be right here counting down the working day until their big royal marriage.

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