British royal Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are engaged to be married, Clarence House has announced.

The official announcement said: “His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.

“His Royal Highness and Ms Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. 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 couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.”

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33-year old Harry, who is fifth in the line to the throne, has been dating 36-year old Meghan for over a year.

In a statement Markle’s parents said they were “incredibly happy” with the couple’s engagement, adding: “We wish them a lifetime of happiness.”

“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.”

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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh “are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness”, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

Prime Minister Theresa May offered her “very warmest congratulations”, wishing the couple “great happiness for the future”.

“I would like to offer my very warmest congratulations to HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upon their engagement,” said Mrs May in a statement.

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