By: CBS News
November 27, 2017
LONDON -- Britain's royal palace says Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle are engaged and will marry in the spring of 2018.
The announcement came Monday from the office of Harry's father, Prince Charles.
The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/zdaHR4mcY6— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) November 27, 2017
The announcement says the couple became engaged earlier this month. It also says 36-year-old Markle has met Queen Elizabeth II, and Harry has received the blessing of Markle's parents.
The newlyweds will live in Nottingham Cottage, a property on the sprawling Kensington Palace estate in London.
Harry, 33, is fifth in line to the British throne.
Best known as paralegal Rachel Zane in the US Network legal drama, "Suits," Markle has appeared on "General Hospital," ''CSI: Miami," ''Without A Trace" and "Castle." She also is a campaigner for gender equality.
Weeks after opening up about their relationship, Prince Harry and Markle made their first official public appearance in September, holding hands as they walked toward Toronto's city hall to attend a wheelchair tennis event at Harry's Invictus Games for wounded veterans.
The couple has been photographed together in the past but the Invictus Games was the first time they appeared together at an official event. The two sat together and took in a match of the wheelchair tennis between Australia and New Zealand at the small venue.
Harry confirmed the relationship in November when he complained about intrusive press coverage, saying they had been dating since last year. Markle recently told Vanity Fair they were in love.
The Vanity Fair interview prompted British bet-maker Betfair to offer 6-to-4 odds that the couple is engaged by the end of 2017 and 3-to-1 odds that they marry in 2018.