Kensington Palace confirmed the news this morning (November 27), revealing that the couple became engaged in London earlier this month. The wedding is set to take place in the spring of 2018.
"Buckingham Palace proudly announce the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. God save the Queen." pic.twitter.com/HGcnmSxaLK— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 27, 2017
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
Markle is best known for starring as Rachel Zane on Suits, which is currently airing in its seventh season. The show is shot in Toronto, where Harry recently hosted the 2017 Invictus Games.
It was at this year's Invictus Games in Toronto that the couple made their first public appearance. And if the tabloid sensationalism over a peck on the cheek is any indication, there's a chance Harry and Markle could soon usurp his brother and Kate Middleton — at least when it comes to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge currently hold the record for the "Most Live Streams for a Single Event" for their 2012 wedding, which garnered 72 million live streams on YouTube (eventually reaching 101 million total streams). It's estimated that a total of 176 million viewers tuned into the Royal Wedding broadcast in some format.
Royally speaking, though, Harry is still fifth in line to the throne.
Flag-waving, memorabilia-collecting royalists still have a few months to wait before the union of Prince Harry and Markle, but right now, you can get a look at some of the social media hysteria invading the internet. See a selection of reactions to the Royal Family's big news down below.
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle arrive for a photocall at Kensington Palace Gardens on the day their engagement is announced. pic.twitter.com/YkcEvosY9L— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 27, 2017
She said she was just going out to get some milk... https://t.co/y7cnM0eC9D— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) November 27, 2017
As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement, the American actress shows how far she's willing to go to avoid the British press. pic.twitter.com/Vcbd8eBkJ1— HaveIGotNewsForYou (@haveigotnews) November 27, 2017
It's difficult to say 'Harry to marry Meghan Markle' without either sounding drunk or like you're eating a hot chip.— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) November 27, 2017
The guys at @JOE_co_uk won the Meghan Markle and Prince Harry engagement announcement with this headline and story. 😂😂 #Headlines #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/lxsQ0wHdOn
— Edward Israel-Ayide (@wildeyeq) November 27, 2017
This is your reminder that Meghan Markle was literally in a Hallmark movie. So.— Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) 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
Me acting like I'm from Meghan Markle's mama's side of the family trying to get into their wedding. pic.twitter.com/uRNgjukN5C— 🤷🏾♀️ Ree Ree 💫 (@AwkwardlyReeRee) November 27, 2017
Met Meghan Markle @ party in LA once.— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) November 27, 2017
Worked up courage to ask her if I could buy her a drink.
Amazingly she said yes.
Got distracted watching the Knicks.
When I came back she was gone.
I drank both drinks and went home to play GTA.
Now she's engaged to a damn PRINCE.
Most important fact about Meghan Markle: her dad was director of photography on 198 episodes of Married... With Children.— 🥃Donald Clarke🎬 (@DonaldClarke63) November 27, 2017
bad day for Princess Di's racist ghost pic.twitter.com/miS0JyVtOH— Esther Webber (@estwebber) November 27, 2017