Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will share their big day on May 19, at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, with some lucky people who will be able to see the arrivals of the bride and groom and their guests, as well as the carriage procession as it departs the castle. The group of 2,640 will be made up of 1,200 members of the public from ”every corner of the United Kingdom” who will be nominated to attend by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices. Kensington Palace said: ”The couple has asked that the people chosen are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities.” A further 200 people will be chosen from a range of charities which Harry, 33, and former ‘Suits’ star Meghan have a close association with, including those which the flame-haired prince is a patron of. 100 pupils from two local schools, The Royal School, Great Park, Windsor and St George’s School, Windsor Castle, will be able to witness the extraordinary events unfold on the big day, as will 610 Windsor Castle community members, and 530 members of The Royal Households and Crown Estate. Kensington Palace said in a statement: ”Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their Wedding Day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too. This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the Bride and Groom. In addition to the Carriage Procession in Windsor, they have today shared some further details of how the public will be involved on May 19th. ”Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have invited 2,640 people into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrivals of the Bride and Groom, and their wedding guests, at the chapel and to watch the carriage procession as it departs from the castle

LONDON – One of the world’s most eligible bachelors is officially off the market.

Britain’s Prince Harry is engaged to American actress Meghan Markle, royal officials announced Monday.

After the announcement, Harry confessed he had long known he would propose to Markle.

“When did I know she was the one?” Harry said in response to a reporter’s question during a photo op at Kensington Palace. “The very first time we met.”

Harry proposed in the couple’s cottage on what the prince described as a “typical night.” The two were roasting a chicken when Harry got down on one knee.

Markle said the moment was “just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic.”

Markle matched Harry’s enthusiasm during the proposal, saying she didn’t even let the prince finish the question before saying “yes.”

“She didn’t even let me finish, she said, ‘Can I say yes? Can I say yes?’ … and I was like, ‘Can I – can I give you the ring?’ She goes, ‘Oh yes, the ring,'” Harry recalled.

The wedding will take place in the spring. The venue was not immediately revealed but a statement said more details would be announced “in due course.”

Harry’s brother, Prince William, married Kate Middleton in April 2011 at Westminster Abbey while his parents, Prince Charles and Diana Spencer, tied the knot at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981.

Royal officials said Harry designed the engagement ring. It includes a diamond at its center from Botswana, a country that “holds special significance” for the prince as he’s visited it many times since he was a child. Two of the outside stones are from his late mother’s personal collection.

Source: NBC News

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