“Suits” star Meghan Markle on Monday confirmed her engagement to marry Prince Harry, the fifth in line to the throne of Great Britain.
The couple, who first met in July 2016, became engaged earlier this month in London and will live at Harry’s current home of Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace. The wedding will take place this spring.
“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 royal household said in a statement.
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
Markle, a native of L.A. whose mother is African-American, would become England’s first biracial princess. The 36-year-old’s first marriage, to Hollywood producer Trevor Engelson (“Remember Me,” “Snowfall”), ended in divorce in 2013.
This will be the first marriage for Harry, 33, the ginger-haired younger son of Charles and Diana and the younger brother of Prince William.
As an actress, Markle is no stranger to the scrutiny of the press that will likely intensify by joining the royal family.
“I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple,” she told Vanity Fair in a September cover story. “We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception.”
USA has wrapped production on the current seventh and final season of the legal drama “Suits,” with a spinoff series in the works that is moving forward without Markle’s character.
Markle’s other screen credits include the 2005 Ashton Kutcher comedy “A Lot Like Love,” 2010 Robert Pattinson drama “Remember Me” and the 2011 comedy “Horrible Bosses.”