Prince Harry 'thrilled' to marry girlfriend Meghan Markle next year

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  1. Barbara Fan

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    I have to say I love Prince Harry, he has personality by the bucket load and looks like he would enjoy himself on a night out. I also admire what he has achieved with Invictus and Armed forces
    I wish them all the best and she doesnt appear to be the insipid girlfriend that waity boring Katie was prior to walking down the aisle with Dull Wills. they are just so bland and boring. Hopefully Harry and Ms markle will liven things up

    Wonder how it will work tho as she is divorced.

    Prince Harry says he is "thrilled" after announcing he is to marry US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle.

    The fifth in line to the throne will marry Ms Markle in spring 2018.

    The couple, who have been dating since the summer of 2016, smiled as they posed for photographs outside Kensington Palace in London, where they will live.

    Prince Harry said it had been a romantic proposal, while Ms Markle said she was "so very happy, thank you".

    Ms Markle, wearing a white belted coat, held Harry's hand as they appeared briefly for the press at the palace's Sunken Garden, and showed off her diamond engagement ring.

    Asked by a reporter when he knew Suits star Ms Markle "was the one", Prince Harry said: "The very first time we met".

    A TV interview the couple are giving to the BBC's Mishal Husain will be broadcast at 18:00 GMT.

    Kensington Palace said Ms Markle's engagement ring was designed by Prince Harry and features two diamonds which belonged to his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

    At the centre of the ring is a diamond from Botswana, a country the couple has spent time together over the last year and a half. The band is made from gold.


    Downing Street said there are "no plans" for a bank holiday on the day of the wedding.

    The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh said they were "delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness", a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

    Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, said they were "very excited for Harry and Meghan", adding: "It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together."

    Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, whose predecessor officiated at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in 2011, wished them "many years of love, happiness and fulfilment".

    Ms Markle's parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, said their daughter was a "kind and loving person" and they were "incredibly happy".

    They added: "To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents."

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    Prime Minister Theresa May offered her "very warmest congratulations" and wished the couple "great happiness for the future".

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "I wish them well - I hope they have a great life together."

    Prince Harry, 33 and Ms Markle, 36, made their first public appearance as a couple in September at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games, a sporting event set up by the prince for injured, wounded and sick soldiers.

    Their married home will be the prince's current residence, Nottingham Cottage, on the grounds of Kensington Palace - where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, also have an apartment.

    Their 16-month relationship began in July 2016 when they met through mutual friends in London.

    Prince Harry first confirmed his relationship with Ms Markle in November 2016, in a statement from Kensington Palace attacking the media for subjecting her to a "wave of abuse and harassment".

    That statement said the couple were "a few months into a relationship" and it was "not right" that Ms Markle should receive such treatment.

    It described nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers, attempts by reporters and photographers to get into her home and the "bombardment" of nearly every friend and loved one in her life.

    Ms Markle spoke about her love for the prince for the first time in September - telling Vanity Fair magazine: "We're two people who are really happy and in love".

    She said the pair were enjoying a "special" time together, adding: "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."

    Ms Markle may not have been a familiar name in the UK until recently, but in the US she was known for her role as Rachel Zane in TV legal drama Suits.

    She attended a private primary school before studying at a girls' Roman Catholic college and later graduating from Northwestern University School of Communication in 2003, just as her acting career was beginning.

    Until recently, a union with Ms Markle would have ruled Prince Harry out of succeeding to the throne - due to her being a Roman Catholic.

    New rules on royal succession came into force in 2015, allowing members of the Royal Family to marry a Roman Catholic and become king or queen.

    Ms Markle was previously married, but the Church of England agreed in 2002 that divorced people could remarry in church at the discretion of the priest.

    What will we call her?

    The instant Prince Harry and Ms Markle are pronounced "man and wife" she will automatically become Her Royal Highness, Princess Henry of Wales.

    However, she does not automatically become Princess Meghan - because she is not of royal blood.

    The Queen's late sister Margaret was entitled to call herself Princess Margaret. The Queen's daughter is Princess Anne and her granddaughters are Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

    The Queen's great granddaughter, Prince William's daughter, is Princess Charlotte. All of these are, or were, of royal blood and so are princesses in their own right.

    But Princess Charlotte's mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, is not known as Princess Catherine, just as the Duchess of York never became Princess Sarah and the Countess of Wessex, the wife of Prince Edward, is not Princess Sophie.

    Lady Diana Spencer was never officially Princess Diana. She was the Princess of Wales and, after her divorce from Prince Charles, she was Diana, Princess of Wales.

     
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    Hearty congratulations to both from the Swami!

    Swami
     
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    I'm not a fan of the monarchy because I think it's wrong that in the 21st Century our head of state is there by birth right rather than being democratically elected by the people. However, if we must have a Royal Family we need more people in it like Meghan Markel because she doesn't seem to be over-privileged and she knows what it's like to work for a living. It's also great the there is now some racial diversity in the Royal Family and they are starting to reflect the diversity that exists in the UK. She also has a intelligence, confident and natural ease that doesn't always seem to be of abundance in that family. I'm delighted for them and for our country.
     
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    That Harry!
     
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    I don't care, unless it means we get a day off for the wedding. But then I'm self employed so it probably wouldn't apply to me anyway. So I guess I just don't care. But then taking the trouble to say "I don't care" usually means one does care deep down, but I don't know why I would care. Maybe being English is enough. Apparently we get TWELVE days off when the Queen dies.
     
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    Looks like there won't be an additional Bank Holiday.

    Swami
     
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    Really? You mean in the UK we are cutting support for people with disabilities because we supposedly can't afford it but we can afford for everyone to take 12 days off work when an old lady dies? We have an appalling set of priorities in our country.
     
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    A bank holiday cost the UK economy £2.3 billion. If we were to have one because these 2 people are getting married, maybe the Royal Family can contribute to the cost to our economy.
     
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    Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, is not going to live forever.

    Since ascending to the throne in 1952, the monarch has seen 13 Prime Ministers serve Britain, and lived through another 12 US presidents (with number 13 on the way). She's now 90. At some point — not for many years yet, we hope — Queen Elizabeth II's reign will come to an end.

    But what happens then?

    For at least 12 days — between her passing, the funeral and beyond — Britain will grind to a halt. It'll cost the British economy billions in lost earnings due to the chaos. And both the funeral and the subsequent coronation will become formal national holidays, each with an estimated economic hit to GDP of between £1.2 and £6 billion as banks, businesses and the stock markets close, to say nothing of organisational costs.

    But to focus on the financial disruption doesn't begin to describe the sheer magnitude of it. It will be an event unlike anything Britain has seen since the end of the Second World War. There will be trivial disruptions — the BBC will cancel all comedy shows, for example — and jarring cultural changes. Prince Charles may change his name, for instance, and the words of the national anthem will be changed, too. The British Commonwealth might even unravel completely.

    The deaths of Princess Diana and the Queen Mother both brought on waves of public mourning and hysteria. But the Queen, due to her longevity and fundamental place atop British society, will be on a whole new level above that.

    The vast majority of British people have simply never known life without the Queen.

    It will be a strange, uncertain time.


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    Much depends on the manner of the Queen's passing. If it is expected (from a long illness, say), then detailed plans will have been put in place for handling it and making the announcement. These plans are already being made: Inside Buckingham Palace, arrangements for after the Queen's passing and the subsequent succession are known as the "Bridge."

    But if it's sudden, unexpected, or even in public — as was the case with Princess Diana's death in 1997 — then the news will get out immediately, in an unplanned, uncontrolled fashion.

    Either way, the majority of staff at the Palace and associated institutions will be immediately sent home. (According to The Daily Beast, if it happens overnight, it will be announced at 8 a.m.) The Royal Court has a staff hotline for distributing news and instructions to employees in the event of occasions like this. Many of the details in this story were provided to Business Insider by a former staff member of the Palace.

    Assuming the Queen's passing was expected, the news will spread at first via the main TV channels. All BBC channels will stop their programming and show the BBC1 feed for the announcement. The other independent channels won't be obligated to interrupt their regular programming. But they almost certainly will.





    All comedy will be cancelled

    The last death of a Monarch was in 1952, and the BBC stopped all comedy for a set period of mourning after the announcement was made. The Daily Mail reports that the BBC plans to do the same again today, cancelling all comedy until after the funeral.

    CNN has pre-recorded packages on the Queen's life ready to be aired at a moment's notice, we're told — and so will every other major news channel.

    Some businesses may choose to close if the announcement happens during working hours. The protocols government bodies will follow will emanate from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (though they may also originate from the Palace). But the immediate government response beyond official statements of condolences will be hard to predict, the former palace employee we spoke to said. The last monarch died in 1952; procedures that seemed apt then may be woefully antiquated in the twenty-first century.
     
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    12 days off sounds like fun but, unless you ignore all media and do something for yourself, it will be dominated by news and speculation and social media chat.
    I don't think you'll be crying your eyes out - and yet you'll be surprised how much the "end of an era" affects you.

    So I think it's going to be 12 days of pure misery. Maybe Netflix UK will be down for 12 days, out of respect etc.
     
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    Yeah, even though I'm not especially interested in the Royal Family, they're hardwired into the nation's identity and one's own history. It's a bit like being raised Catholic -- it's just in you. So I don't think I'd be entirely unmoved by the Queen's death, just cos she's always been there.

    I didn't really care when the Queen Mother died, but there was something touching about what she symbolised to (some) British people who'd lived through WWII.

    Hmm, I don't know. The week after Diana died was incredibly exciting. It felt like anything could happen! If nothing else, it'll be a week long pass* up.

    Intetestingly, the edit button won't let me change the a to an i.
     
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    Best wishes to them!
     
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    Harry Smith, World War II veteran and author of Harry's Last Stand is 94 so is one of the minority that remembers life without the Queen. His feelings on the news of the Royal Engagement was expressed in a few brilliantly incisive tweets:

    "It's somewhat sad and pathetic that in the 21st century a nation can fall to its knees in adulation for a #royalwedding."

    "It is always good to know that a tory government will never have any money for the NHS but can always find the dosh for a #royalwedding"

    "It astounds me that so many don't understand if you are at the top of the pyramid of social and economic inequality like the Royal Family you aren't benign, you are the problem. #royalwedding2018"

    This man is a hero in more ways than his service during the second world war.
     
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    I think these ceremonies (weddings, funerals, coronations) is the entertaining part of our monarchies. To me it always feels that's what I'm paying for. So I'm just going to have fun with it.
    There are hardcore Royalty fans, but most people don't worship them.

    I am aware of the inequality (and how totally unnecessary it is) but since they're still here...
    But if the money wasted on royalty was the Real Problem, then you're only a de-monarchisation away from national wealth. Would it really be that simple?
     
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    No. No no no!
     
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    I hope that rule applies to Australia, after-all we're still part of the Commonwealth. :)
     
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    Well let me just add, neither party (Labor & Liberal) are going anywhere near us (Australia) becoming a Republic while Her Majesty is present. They're both cooling their heels until she passes. Then it's game on.
     
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    I agree with this sentiment.

    Interesting how we are prepared to go around the world waging war to bring democracy to other countries when we are not even prepared to discuss the idea of electing our head of state.
     
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    The real problem is not the money, it's the lack of democracy and how the existence of the Royal Family perpetuates class structures, inequality and privilege in the UK.
     
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