Sorry if your childhood dream of marrying The Ginger Prince is dead.
Prince Harry, 33, is officially engaged to "Suits" actress -- and divorcée -- Meghan Markle, 36. They have been dating since July 2016 and got engaged earlier this month.
The news is now official via a statement from Clarence House, which said the wedding will take place this Spring 2018:
"His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. 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 couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace."
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 27, 2017
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip said they were "delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness."
This spring wedding will be the biggest royal wedding since 2011 when Prince Harry married Kate Middleton (who is still being called Kate Middleton despite being the Duchess of Cambridge.) William and Kate said, in their own statement: "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."
Markle's parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, also shared their happiness: "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."
Fans are thrilled for this 21st Century royal family -- she's American; she was married before, to producer Trevor Engelson; she's an actress; she's a few years older than him; and she's half-black from her mother's side, and half white from her father's side.
Prince Harry marrying an African-American divorced actress could be one of the best things to happen to the Royal Family for a long time. Congratulations to them both.
— George Reeves (@GeorgeReeves94) November 27, 2017
Prince Harry & Prince William are definitely their mother's boys. Princess Diana wld be so proud. Meghan Markle is a black woman marrying into the Royal Family ???? History. So happy for engagement! #MondayMotivation#MeghanMarkle
Royal or not, LOVE IS LOVE. pic.twitter.com/VqzSo6bRWI
— Nicki ???? (@nickiknowsnada) November 27, 2017
Can't Prince Harry and his American girlfriend run our country? They seem nice.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 27, 2017
Meghan Markle went from being divorced and probz heartbroken to now being engaged to prince Harry, God, these are the kinda upgrades I am looking for in my day to day life
— SamObad (@SamObad) November 27, 2017
racists waking up to discover melanin enhancing the royal family pic.twitter.com/upk8jO6l2H
— Daniellé DASH (@DanielleDASH) November 27, 2017
Congrats to Prince Harry.
Also congrats to all the racists who now must realize that Prince Harry's future mother-in-law is a strong black woman with dreadlocks.
This is not the 1950's any longer. The world is changing.
Trump and his racist cohorts are an outlier. Thank God!
— Brian Krassenstein???? (@krassenstein) November 27, 2017
We got us a Black princess ya'll. You really can't tell me a damn thing for the rest of the day because it won't matter. Shout out to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Their wedding will be my Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/WmBnGm5AuZ
— GirlTyler (@sheistyler) November 27, 2017
From being the most googled actress in 2016 to a prince Harry engagement in 2017 which will be followed up by a wedding into the British royal family in 2018...
Meghan Markle you are winning at this thing called life ???????????? pic.twitter.com/Fv0GKMZWYV
— Young Black King ????♠ (@pyepar) November 27, 2017
It is kind of amazing to think that, just a couple of years ago, she was busy on "Suits," never knowing she'd be marrying Prince Harry this spring (and reportedly leaving "Suits"). It's a Disney fairy tale. It's a Grace Kelly fairy tale, at least. Just not for this girl, and others like her:
I thought Prince Harry was going to propose to me.
— Jasmine ♕ (@TattedChanel) November 27, 2017
Well ... he didn't. Congrats to the happy couple!
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