"His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018," said the official statement.
In a separate statement, brother Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge expressed their excitement for the newly engaged couple.
"It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together," said the couple.
Like a true royal, Prince Harry sought the blessings of Meghan Markle's parents. He also informed The Queen and other members of the royal family about the engagement. Twitter, however, woke up to the news only a few hours back when the palace dropped the statement and has been buzzing with jokes, memes and collective heartbreak. Our sympathies.
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Meghan Markle is known for her role as Rachel Zane on American legal drama "Suits". The 36-year-old reportedly met Prince Harry in May 2016 in Toronto, Canada where she lived. The couple made their first formal public appearance together in September at the Invictus Games in Toronto.