Prince Harry's Friends Couldn't Stop Talking About Meghan Markle Engagement Announcement

The royal family's thrilled with Prince Harry's engagement to American actress Meghan Markle.

"We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry", her parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland said in a statement through Kensington Palace.

Monday's announcement ends persistent speculation over when the 33-year-old prince - who is now fifth in line to the British throne - would propose to the actor.

Asked how she thinks Meghan will cope with the transition from actress to princess, Roslyn said: 'Meghan is very well educated.

In their first broadcast interview since announcing the news earlier on Monday (Nov 27), Harry and Markle held hands as they discussed the moment of their proposal and their courtship.

Harry has lived in Nottingham Cottage for the last four years.

"It was so sweet and natural, and very romantic".

It was "just a cosy night. trying to roast a chicken and it just - just an awesome surprise".

"I could barely let you finish proposing, I said - "can I say yes now"?" "I said, 'Can I say yes now?'"

After the couple had met for their first date they organised to see each other the following day, and Harry said he knew Markle was "the one" immediately.

Speaking exclusively to from her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Roslyn Markle, the mother of Meghan's half-siblings, said: 'That's absolutely wonderful news.

     FINALLY ENGAGED After 17 months of dating weeks of speculation the pair are getting wed
GETTY FINALLY ENGAGED After 17 months of dating weeks of speculation the pair are getting wed

'The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was the flawless indication for me that the stars were aligned, ' Harry told Hussain.

"But you know with the ring and with everything else that's going on I'm sure she's..."

The custom engagement ring features a trio of diamonds. The band is made from gold. The pair dated for almost a year and their wedding will occur sometime in the spring of 2018, royal officials announced. Harry said he had to warn his future wife about the media attention they would face.

'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".

"His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month", the statement continued.

In his office's warning to the media, Prince Harry referred to the sexism and racism directed at ms Markle, whose father is white and her mother African-American.

"It's days like this I really miss having her around", he added. "We were just hit so hard at the beginning with a lot of mistruths". "He got on one knee", Markle said.

The pair also announced that Ms Markle will not continue acting. Markle is best known for her role on TV show "Suits" as well as her philanthropic work. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from Northwestern in 2003.

Markle spoke to Vanity Fair in September about being "in love" with the Prince.

They are due to marry in the spring of next year.

There is a long-running custom barring royals from marrying Catholics and divorcees. The ring, which was designed by Prince Harry himself, is made with one big stone from Botswana and two smaller diamonds from Princess Diana's personal collection.

  • Tracy Klein