November 27, 2017 / 11:09 AM / 5 months ago

Reaction to Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Prince Harry is engaged to his U.S. actress girlfriend Meghan Markle with the marriage due to take place in the spring of 2018, his father Prince Charles announced in a statement on Monday.

Britain's Prince Harry smiles at a cycling event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files

Here are some reactions to the engagement:

The British Royal Family

“The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May

“I would like to offer my very warmest congratulations to HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upon their engagement.

“This is a time of huge celebration for two people in love and, on behalf of myself, the Government and the country, I wish them great happiness for the future.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate

“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.”

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

“I am absolutely delighted to hear the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now engaged. I have met Prince Harry on a number of occasions and have always been struck by his commitment and passion for his charities, and his immense love for his family.”

“Marriage is a special and joyous commitment, one that Jesus celebrated together with friends at the wedding in Cana. I am so happy that Prince Harry and Ms Markle have chosen to make their vows before God.”

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron‏

“Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Wonderful news and I wish them a long and happy life together.”

Pressure group Republic

“What is happy news for the royal couple is going to turn into another royal PR exercise, helped along by a widespread failure of good journalism. The royals have lots of hard questions to answer, about misuse of public funds, inappropriate lobbying and abuse of privilege. They’re on the public payroll to do a public service, they need to be treated as we treat politicians.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

“Mazal Tov to @HRHHenryWindsor Prince Harry & fiancé @MeghanMarkle. Sending our warmest regards to Her Majesty the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, all the Royal Family & the British people, from Nechama & me, & all the Israeli people. We invite them to enjoy their honeymoon in Israel!”

Actress Meghan Markle attends the USA Network and The Moth's Characters Unite Event at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California February 15, 2012. REUTERS/Phil McCarten/Files

Compiled by Alistair Smout and Michael Holden, editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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