Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reveal wedding date

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced the date for their Spring wedding.

The British royal and American actor will marry on May 19 at the historic St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace announced on Friday in London.

Harry, 33, Queen Elizabeth's grandson and fifth in line to the British throne, and Markle, 36, best known for her role in the US TV legal drama Suits, got engaged last month in London.

Harry and Markle, who is a divorcee, met in July 2016 after they were introduced through friends.

The prince, the youngest son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his first wife Princess Diana, publicly confirmed their relationship months later.

But it was not until September that they made their first public appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto.

The bride-to-be will become a British citizen and must be both baptised and confirmed ahead of the religious ceremony, it had earlier been revealed.

An earlier announcement from the palace said the royal family will pay for the wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception.

But the security costs for the high profile celebration will fall to the taxpayer.

The Queen will be there, as will the rest of the royal family, along with Markle's parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are also expected to take on the roles of pageboy and bridesmaid. The palace revealed that Markle has met them on many occasions.

PA, Reuters