On 27 November, Clarence House issued the following announcement; further details are available on the verified twitter page Clarence House@ClarenceHouse.
Prince Henry of Wales & Meghan Markle are engaged to be married
27th November 2017
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. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.
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.
Earlier this year we posted Royal Marriages following reports in the media on the possible marriage arrangements for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Markle. In view of the proposed timing of spring 2018, it would be unusual if the planning of such a high-profile event were not at an advanced stage. However, further details are not yet available and it would be premature to speculate further.
Writing for The Tablet, Ruth Gledhill reported that Meghan Markle is to be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England before she marries Prince Harry in May next year. At a briefing on Tuesday afternoon (28 November) Kensington Palace informed Royal correspondents that that Miss Markle is a Protestant but had not previously been baptised or confirmed; additionally, she will seek to become a British citizen.
The couple will wed at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where the Prince of Wales had a service of prayer and dedication after he married the Duchess of Cornwall at Windsor Guildhall in 2005. The Chapel was also the venue for the wedding of Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly in 2008.
The Official Announcement stated:
The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle
Published 28 November 2017
The marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May, 2018.
Her Majesty The Queen has granted permission for the wedding to take place at the Chapel.
The Royal Family will pay for the wedding.
Further details about the wedding will be announced in due course.
Follows Kensington Palace’s earlier confirmation of the month of the wedding and its location at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 15th December it announced that the couple would marry on 19th May 2018.
Slightly puzzled by the statement that the Prince had informed the Queen as under the relevant Succession to the Crown Act he has to actually ask her permission.
Perhaps the Prince obtained Royal permission before getting engaged?
… and after Prince William and Kate’s next child is born, Prince Andrew will no longer be in the “top six”, so he could remarry without his mother’s permission!
Wishing Happiness & Joy to the Royal Couple and to Her Royal Highness The Queen of England
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