Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle was met with an invitation from Israel’s president to honeymoon in the Jewish state.
The Royal announcement was made on Monday morning, with the wedding set to take place in Spring 2018, though the location has not yet been confirmed. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.
Prince Harry informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family. and also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents.
The Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, was the first world leader to publicly send his congratulations – going as far as to invite the happy couple to honeymoon in Israel.
Taking to Twitter, the head of state said: “Mazal Tov to HRH Prince Harry & fiancé Meghan Markle. Sending our warmest regards to Her Majesty the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, all the Royal Family & the British people, from Nechama & me, & all the Israeli people. We invite them to enjoy their honeymoon in Israel!”
Prime Minister Theresa May offered her “very warmest congratulations”, wishing the couple “great happiness for the future”.
British community leaders also sent their warm greetings, with the Board of Deputies of British Jews tweeting: “Mazeltov to Prince Harry and Meghan. We wish them a very happy life together.“
The Jewish Leadership Council’s CEO Simon Johnson said: “We wish a huge Mazal Tov to HRH Prince Harry on his engagement to Meghan Markle. Such happy news is very welcome and we wish the happy couple every happiness for their lives ahead.”
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis added: “I am delighted to hear of the engagement of Prince Harry to Megan Markle. I wish them a lifetime of health, happiness and continued blessings together. Mazal tov.”
Matt Plen, Chief Executive of Masorti Judaism, offered “congratulations” and wished them “many years of joy and fulfilment together”, while Liberal Judaism wished “Harry and Meghan all the best! A wedding is always a celebration. Mazel tov!” and Reform Judaism offered “a sincere mazel tov”, wishing them “many happy years together.”