Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday
On Monday morning, Prince Harry and Suits actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement after meeting via mutual friends in July 2016. Prince Charles, Harry’s father, announced the upcoming nuptials in a statement released from his office at Clarence House.
The royal wedding will take place in the spring, but the venue hasn’t been released yet. Prince William married Kate Middleton in April 2011 at Westminster Abbey and William and Harry’s parents wed at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981.
Reactions from the Twitter populace are, of course, very good:
I know this is a little unconventional but what if they get married on the baby's exact due date and Meghan becomes President of England https://t.co/y7vj0rnUyw
— Caity Weaver (@caityweaver) November 27, 2017
I really wish my grandmother were alive to see one of Diana’s sons marry a black woman.
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) November 27, 2017
— AmeriKraut (@AmeriKraut) November 27, 2017
Markle is a noted humanitarian, having volunteered in a soup kitchen from the age of 15 and, in 2016, was named a global ambassador for World Vision. A Los Angeles native, she was most recently living in Toronto, Canada, but will now reside in London at Nottingham Cottage with the Prince.
Prince Harry designed the engagement ring featuring a diamond at the center from Botswana (a country that the prince has visited many times since childhood) and two stones from Princess Diana’s personal collection.
The media’s relationship with the royal romance has been tumultuous, with a lot of racist and generally abusive harassment. Recently, Markle spoke to Vanity Fair about dating the Prince and seemed nonplussed to the noise around her.
“I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple,” she says. “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. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”