Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle will marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May 2018, Kensington Palace has announced.
The Royal Family will pay for the wedding, including the service, music, flowers and reception – the date will be announced later.
Meghan Markle, 36, a Protestant, will be baptized into the Church of England and confirmed before the wedding.
A spokesman for Prince Harry said the pair would make sure the wedding “reflects who they are as a couple”.
Jason Knauf said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were “leading the planning process for all aspects of the wedding” and were working through ideas on how members of the public could “feel part of the celebrations”.
“This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom,” he added.
Prince Harry has confirmed Suits star Meghan Markle is his girlfriend, in a statement from Kensington Palace attacking the media for subjecting the actress to a “wave of abuse and harassment”.
It said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were “a few months into a relationship” and it was “not right” that the actress should be subjected to such treatment.
The statement said the prince rarely took formal action over “fictional stories”.
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“But the past week has seen a line crossed,” it added.
In recent days a number of newspapers have carried front page stories about Meghan Markle, best known for playing Rachel Zane in Suits.
The statement issued by Prince Harry’s communications secretary said: “His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment.
“Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.
“Some of it has been hidden from the public – the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.”
Prince Harry, 32, has long had an uneasy relation with the press, having grown up aware of the impact that intense media intrusion had on the life of his late mother, Diana Princess of Wales.
The statement said Prince Harry was worried about Meghan Markle’s safety and that he “is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her”.
It added: “It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms Markle should be subjected to such a storm.
“He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it is her life and his.”
The statement ended with Prince Harry appealing for “those in the press who have been driving this story [to] pause and reflect before any further damage is done”.
Prince Harry is reportedly dating Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark.
According to Australian publication New Idea, the duo had been introduced by the Prince Harry’s cousin, Princess Beatrice, and the romance had the approval of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The 19-year-old fashionista is the daughter of Crown Prince Pavlov of Greece and his elegant wife Marie-Chantal.
Princess Maria-Olympia was born on 25 July 1996 in New York City – the first of five children and the only girl. The couple moved to London when Olympia was 7 so that their children could grow up near Prince Pavlov’s parents, former Greek monarch King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie.
The move also had the happy result of bringing her closer to godfather Prince Charles.
King Constantine is Prince Charles’ second cousin and the godfather of Prince William. Other royal relatives include Princess Olympia’s great aunts, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Sofia of Spain.
When Olpympia’s parents wed at Hampton Court Palace in 1995, the guest list was filled with impressively regal names and the bride wore pearl-entrusted Valentino.
Along with her mother, an American heiress from the wealthy Miller family, Princess Maria-Olympia is a regular on the front rows at fashion week.
Prince Harry is now dating former Miss Edinburgh Camilla Thurlow.
Prince Harry, 29, split from his long-term girlfriend Cressida Bonas in April.
An insider told E! News: “Camilla’s the full package – she’s got beauty and brains.”
Last week, Prince Harry and Camilla Thurlow were spotted on a luxury yacht with friends in Saint-Tropez to celebrate in advance the Prince’s 30th birthday.
“Harry’s had no interest whatsoever in going out and just wants to focus on Camilla without any distractions,” the insider said.
In June, two months after his split with Cressida Bonas, Prince Harry was seen kissing Camilla Thurlow, 25, at a nightclub.
Prince Harry is now dating former Miss Edinburgh Camilla Thurlow
“The pair apparently had <<a few drinks>> and kissed in front of friends at the Mexican bar, club and restaurant, which is owned by Harry’s best friend Guy Pelly and frequented by the royals,” the Daily Mail reported.
US Weekly’s source said Saint-Tropez holiday is a sign that Prince Harry is really smitten with the former Miss Edinburgh.
Camilla Thurlow, who is from Dumfries, now works as a projects officer for The Halo Trust, a UK non-profit charity which conducts humanitarian landmine clearance.
The Halo Trust was made famous in 1997 when the prince’s mother Princess Diana visited a minefield in Angola.
Prince Harry was also a contributor of the charity but left in March this year, reports the Daily Mail.
According to E! News, Prince Harry “sees Camilla as much more than a fling”.
“This was supposed to be Harry’s last summer of fun before he turned 30 and got serious and settled down,” a source said.
“It’s a great sign it shows how mature he is now and that he realizes when he finds happiness to not let go of it and to nurture it.”
“Harry loves how she’s devoted her life to charity – she’s fully committed to helping other people and he sees a lot of his mother Diana’s goodness in her.”