Royal wedding bells are in the air!
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After weeks of rumors that Prince Harry and "Suits" actress Meghan Markle were engaged, the offical announcement was made this morning from the Clarence House in London. The Prince of Wales popped the question earlier this month after receiving Markle's parents' blessing, and the royal wedding is set to take place in Spring 2018.
Soon after their engagement was announced, the pair made their first appearance at Kensington Palace where Meghan said she was "so happy" and Harry told reporters he knew Markle was "the one" from "the very first time we met." Awww!
The ring, designed by Harry, has a gold band and features a large diamond from Botswana and two smaller outer diamonds from the personal collection of Harry's late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, according to a statement from Kensington Palace. Botswana also holds special significance for the couple, who have spent time together there over the past year and a half.
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Harry's grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, are "delighted" for the couple and "wish them every happiness," a Buckingham Palace spokesman said. Kensington Palace released a statement on behalf of Markle's parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland. "We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. 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. We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together."
Harry's brother Prince William and his wife Catherine also issued a statement congratulating the happy couple, "We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together," they said. Harry and Meghan's wedding is the most highly-anticipated royal wedding since 2011, when an estimated 2 billion people tuned in to watch William and Kate's fairy tale nuptials at Westminster Abbey.
Who's ready to wake up at 4am to watch the nuptials unfold in the Spring?!