Prince Harry to tie the knot

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LONDON (AP) - Britain's royal palace said Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle are engaged and will marry in the spring of 2018.

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The announcement came Monday from the office of Harry's father, Prince Charles.

The announcement said the couple became engaged earlier this month. It says 36-year-old Markle has met Queen Elizabeth II, and Harry also has received the blessing of Markle's parents.

Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland say their 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."

In a statement, Markle's parents say they wish the couple "a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together."

Meghan Markle was raised in the Los Angeles area. Her father is a Hollywood lighting director, her mother a yoga instructor and psychotherapist.

Harry, 33, is fifth in line to the British throne.