LONDON (CNN) – Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are engaged, according to a statement from Kensington Palace. The wedding will take place in spring 2018.

“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 royal household announced in a statement on Twitter.

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The pair became engaged earlier this month and will live at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, the statement continued.

More details about the wedding will be released in due course but they will make an official engagement appearance on Monday afternoon before taking part in a broadcast interview which will air in the evening.

The palace also released a statement on behalf of Markle’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland.

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“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,” the statement ended.

Harry’s brother, William and his wife, Catherine, who also reside at Kensington Palace, shared their joy at the impending union on Monday.

“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,” they said in a statement.

Monday’s announcement ends persistent speculation over when the 33-year-old prince — who is now fifth in line to the British throne — would propose to the actor.

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Harry and his fiance made their public appearance at this year’s Invictus Games.

The pair were introduced in July 2016 by mutual friends in London, Markle confirmed in September. Markle is best known for her role on US hit show, Suits as well as her philanthropic work.

The 36-year-old LA native spoke of her royal relationship for the first time earlier this year telling Vanity Fair: “We’re two people who are really happy and in love.”

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