On November 27, Clarence House put all speculation about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship status to an end by confirming their engagement.
This news came a little over a year since the pair started dating after meeting in Toronto, Canada. Meghan was filming Suits at the time, and Harry was in town to promote the Invictus Games.
"We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception," the actress told Vanity Fair.
Six months into their relationship, the palace confirmed that the pair were together in a statement that addressed the hostile and racist comments that were being made about the couple.
"It is not right, that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm," the statement read. "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 lovebirds made their official debut as a couple at this year's Invictus Games, and about two months later, it was announced that they're planning a wedding for next spring.
Now, Kensington Palace has released a statement with more details about Harry and Meghan's upcoming nuptials, including the date.
When news of Harry and Meghan's engagement broke, details about their upcoming wedding were sparse. All the public knew was that it would take place next spring, and the couple will then make Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace their home.
After a few weeks of anticipation, Kensington Palace has finally given us what we've been waiting for: a wedding date!
The royal nuptials are officially scheduled to take place at St. Geroge's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19th.
His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May 2018.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 15, 2017
Today's announcement follows earlier confirmation of the month of the wedding and its location at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/7pgdRM90Na
In true Harry and Meghan fashion, the date, which falls on a Saturday, breaks tradition as royal weddings usually take place on weekdays. The Queen married Prince Philip on a Thursday and Prince William wed Kate on a Friday. The Queen and William's nuptials were declared bank holidays, but that seems to not be the case for Harry's wedding.
It is highly likely that the date chosen with Kate's due date in mind. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in April.
According to BBC, the royal family will be paying for the wedding, including the reception, flowers, service, and music.
In preparation for the big day, Meghan, who is a protestant, will be baptized and confirmed into the Church of England. She is also being trained in how to handle life-threatening situations. The actress will undergo military training from the British Special Air Service, which is standard for royals-to-be.
The week-long training, which Kate and Diana also underwent, will teach Meghan how to act during a hostage situation as well as basic training to enable her to "facilitating a rescue."
Although not officially confirmed, the Queen will most likely hand Prince Harry the title of Duke of Sussex on his wedding day, just like she did for Prince William back in 2011. This means that instead of being referred to as a "Princess," Meghan will hold the title of "Duchess," just like Kate. However, knowing how spontaneous the young couple can be, nothing is ever really set in stone.
"Unless they create a new title for them, I think the Duke of Sussex is the most likely title,” says Joe Little of Majesty magazine. “Otherwise, Meghan would be known as Princess Henry of Wales and people would not understand that these days. But they may surprise us."
Harry is already giving Meghan a taste of what's to come when she officially becomes a member of the monarchy.
The pair will spend Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham Castle, a perk that no other unmarried partner of a royal has ever been given. They have also made a couple of joint official appearances in the last few weeks.
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