Clarence House announced on Nov. 27, 2017, that Prince Harry is engaged to be married to actress Meghan Markle, his girlfriend of just over one year.
Naturally, given the hype and coverage of the last major royal wedding, everyone is dying to know what Harry and Markle’s ceremony might look like. Here’s what we know so far.
The rumors proved true
Although rumors of an engagement have persisted since basically the moment Harry and Markle got together, Clarence House confirmed that the happy couple actually got engaged in November 2017.
The exact date of the engagement was not revealed. But, um, who cares?! Because we just found out when they’ll actually be tying the knot!
Well, almost, anyway …
The wedding will be happening very soon
If Harry and Markle haven’t started planning their wedding, they might want to get a jump on it. That’s because, according to Buckingham Palace (via People), they’ll be typing the knot in May 2018 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. “Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry, and he and Miss Markle have regularly spent time there during the last year,” a spokesperson for Kensington Palace said, according to People. “They are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives as a married couple.”
Sure, May 2018 is not an exact date; however, it’s certainly a lot more specific than the original statement from Clarence House, which simply stated that they would be marrying in Spring 2018.
Meanwhile, the news also cleared up speculation over whether Markle would actually be able to be married in the Church of England, as she is a divorcée. That used to be a big no-no in the Royal Family, as anyone who has seen the Netflix series The Crown will tell you. However, in recent years, the family has taken a decidedly more relaxed position on the matter. Westminster Abbey confirmed as much to Express in May 2017, telling the paper, “The Abbey follows the General Synod Ruling of 2002. Since then it has been possible for divorced people to be married in the Church of England.”
Modern times, indeed!