Further information: Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
On November 27, 2017, it was announced that Markle and Prince Harry had become engaged to marry. By then, she had met Prince Harry’s family and had met several times with the Queen. The couple will live together at Nottingham Cottage in London, on the grounds of Kensington Palace, after the wedding in May 2018. The engagement ring given by Harry to Markle consists of three diamonds, two of which were taken from the jewellery collection of the Prince’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
The engagement announcement prompted much comment about the possible social significance (or insignificance) of Meghan Markle becoming a proudly mixed-race royal.
Though she attended Catholic school as a child, Markle identified as a Protestant prior to her engagement to Prince Harry. Following her engagement, it was announced that she would be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England before the wedding. She will also become a British citizen. Despite Markle’s status as an American divorcee, neither the Crown nor the Church of England have raised objections to the marriage, unlike in 1936 when Edward VIII was forced to abdicate the throne to marry Wallis Simpson; thus, Prince Harry will be allowed to keep his royal titles.