Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in September.

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LONDON — Prince Harry, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and a frequent target of British tabloid attention, is engaged to Meghan Markle, his longtime girlfriend, the royal family said on Monday.

The prince, 33, got engaged to Ms. Markle, 36, an American actress, this month, a statement from Clarence House said, adding that the wedding will be next spring.

The relationship of Prince Harry and Ms. Markle has been the subject of intense media scrutiny, and prompted an unusual statement from the prince last year, denouncing the “racial undertones” of news media coverage of Ms. Markle, whose mother is black and whose father is white.

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