PRINCE Harry has proposed to Meghan Markle. 

The wedding will take place in Spring 2018, it has been announced.

The couple have stepped out for the first time since the news was released, with Meghan sporting a sparkling engagement ring. 

It was designed by Harry using his mother's jewels collection.

The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, John Lenton, said: "On behalf of all of us at the Royal Borough, I would like to offer my warm congratulations to HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement. 

"I wish the newly engaged couple all the best for their future together."

The Queen and Prince Philip are also said to be 'delighted' by the announcement. 

Unfortunately for the nation though, Downing Street has confirmed there are 'no plans' for a bank holiday on the wedding day.

Rumours were circulating for weeks of a royal engagement, with Meghan meeting the Queen. 

Meghan is an American actress, communications graduate and humanitarian. She is best known on TV for her role in law drama Suits. 

But away from the camera, she has lobbied on issues such as gender equality and modern slavery. 

She will be the first bi-racial member of the royal family and has African-American and Dutch-Irish blood in her immediate family tree.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said of the engagement: 'We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.'