Clarence House announced the engagement this morning

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has congratulated His Royal Highness Prince Harry on his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle.

In a tweet, the Archbishop of Westminster offered his prayers for the couple as they prepare for their “life-long commitment to marriage”.

Clarence House announced this morning that the prince and the actress had become engaged earlier this month, adding that Prince Harry “has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members his family”.

The wedding will take place in Spring 2018, although the exact date has yet to be announced.