Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement news has received backlash from the British public, who have been left in the dark over whether their wedding day will become a public holiday.
The fifth in line to the throne is set to marry his actress beau in an extravagant ceremony next Spring and fans of the couple believe the occasion should be marked with a day off for the country – as is royal tradition.
However, the statement released by the palace at 10am on Monday (27 Nov 2017) failed to confirm the event will be a bank holiday.
Do we get an extra public holiday in 2018 for Prince Harry’s wedding ??? ??????????♂️??
— Black Acrylic (@blackacrylic) November 27, 2017
The palace said: “The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.”
The statement continued: “The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course. His Royal Highness and Miss Marke became engaged in London earlier this month.
“The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensignton Palace.”
Prince Harry announced he is engaged to Suits siren Meghan Markle on 27 November 2017 [Getty]
Loving the very British response to the Royal engagement – “Yes! We get a public holiday!” #RoyalWedding
— Lindsay Duncan (@thyroxine101) November 27, 2017
It will be up to the Government to decide whether to give Britons the day off, but William and Kate’s nuptials were awarded the one-off bank holiday.
However, William is a future king, whereas Harry’s claim to the throne has been pushed further down the line after his brother had children Princess Charlotte and Prince George and has another on the way with Kate Middleton.
What’s more, chances their wedding will be a bank holiday have been scuppered further by the news that the couple have told the the Queen that they want a non-traditional wedding.
Engagement fever reached its peak earlier this month when signs began to show that they had taken things to the next level.
Meghan quit her job as Rachel in legal drama Suits, and appeared to be moving her belongings to join Prince Harry in London.
Then it was revealed the couple had announced their engagement to the royal household in a private meeting on Friday (24 Nov 2017).