Britain's next big royal wedding will involve an American bride. Royal officials announced Monday that Prince Harry is now engaged to American actress Meghan Markle and they will marry next spring, NBC News reports. A statement from Kensington Palace did not disclose the wedding venue, though it said more details will be released in "due course." Markle and the prince started dating last year and made their first public appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September. "His Royal Highness and Ms Markle became engaged in London earlier this month," the palace statement said. "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 palace statement said. Royal officials say the couple will live in a London palace, not in Toronto, where Markle is currently based, the BBC reports. Harry, 33, is fifth in line to the throne. Markle, 36, grew up in the Los Angeles area, where parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland say they are delighted by the engagement, the AP reports. Their daughter "has always been a kind and loving person," they say. "To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents." (Almost 500 years ago, one of Markle's ancestors was beheaded on the orders of one of the prince's forebears.)