Everyone loves an engagement announcement - but when it's a royal one, you can't help but be excited. We could not be happier that Prince Harry has popped the question to actress Meghan Markle.

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After weeks of speculation that a proposal was imminent, the happy news broke on the morning on 27 November 2016 with a sweet statement from Prince Charles, shared by Clarence House.

'His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle,' an official statement from Clarence House said.

'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 of 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.'

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We're sure you won't be surprised to hear that loved ones have been quick to send their congratulations to the pair, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leading the way.

'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,' gushed Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Meghan's parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland are also equally overjoyed by the news of the union.

'We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. 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.'

Meghan attended her first official engagement back in September, when Prince Harry opened the Invictus Games in Toronto. Cheering and clapping in the crowd, she supported the prince throughout his speech, marking a public milestone for the couple.

To celebrate the Suits star's 36th birthday, the redheaded prince whisked her away to a very special safari spot for three weeks. Why so special? Well, this is where his brother, Prince William, famously proposed to Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge.

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After returning from their romantic getaway, Prince Harry reportedly took Meghan Markle to meet his father, Prince Charles, and stepmother, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at their private estate in Scotland, before introducing her to his grandmother, the Queen, at her summer residence, Balmoral Castle. 

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We have already heard word that Harry has designed the ring himself, using gems from jewellery belonging to his late mother, Princess Diana. Meghan Markle recently opened up about her relationship with the British Prince to Vanity Fair, saying: 'We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. It's part of what makes it so special, that it's just ours. But we're happy. Personally, I love a great love story.'