Congratulations are in order to a former Wokingham schoolboy who announced his engagement today.

Prince Harry attended Ludgrove School – an independent preparatory boarding school in Wokingham Without for boys aged eight to 13 – before going on to study at Eton College.

Earlier today, he announced that he was to marry his girlfriend, the actor Meghan Markle. The couple will marry next year.

The news was revealed in a statement issued by Clarence House.

It reads:

“His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle.

“The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.

“His Royal Highness and Ms Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms Markle’s parents.

“The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.”

Local MP Theresa May, whose Maidenhead constituency includes Woodley, Sonning and Twyford, congratulated the couple.

In a Tweet, she said: “I would like to offer my very warmest congratulations to HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upon their engagement.

“This is a time of huge celebration for two people in love and, on behalf of myself, the Government and the country, I wish them great happiness for the future.”

Prince Harry has strong connections to Berkshire. As well as studying at Ludgrove and Eton, he undertook officer training at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.

And his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.