Rivlin invites Prince Harry and fiancée to honeymoon in Israel
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Rivlin invites Prince Harry and fiancée to honeymoon in Israel

Palace officials announce queen's grandson to wed American actress in spring, ending months of speculation

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement. (AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS)
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement. (AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS)

President Reuven Rivlin on Monday congratulated Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement and invited the couple to honeymoon in Israel.

“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,” Rivlin posted on Twitter. “We invite them to enjoy their honeymoon in Israel!”

Harry’s brother William honeymooned with his betrothed Kate in the Seychelles, whose luxurious sandy beaches and clear Indian Ocean waters Israel may have a hard time competing with.

Town Crier Tony Appleton holds a scroll outside Green Park in central London near Buckingham Palace after it was announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to be engaged. November 27, 2017. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)

While royals have visited Israel in the past, no representative of the British monarchy has ever come to the country on an official “royal tour.”

In May the British Foreign Office quashed rumors that Prince Charles would visit Israel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

Earlier Monday, palace officials announced that Harry, 33, fifth in line to the British throne, will marry American actress Markle, 36, of the television show “Suits” in the spring, confirming months of speculation.

Markle, a humanitarian campaigner and lifestyle blogger who made it in show business before falling for Harry, will become a senior member of the royal family as the wife of one of the monarchy’s most popular figures.

In this September 25, 2017 photo, Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle arrive for the wheelchair tennis competition during the Invictus Games in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Harry, a bad-boy-made-good by his tireless devotion to wounded veterans and his embrace of a variety of charitable causes, has said for several years that he wants to start a family, and the rumors of his engagement to Markle have been flying for some time.

The marriage represents a first-ever blending of Hollywood glamor with the once-stuffy royal family, which has of late seemed less fixed in its ways, and brings a mixed-race American divorcee into a highly visible role.

Harry’s brother, Prince William, and his pregnant wife Kate welcomed Markle to the royal family.

“We are very excited for Harry and Meghan,” they said in a statement. “It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”

Harry’s father, Prince Charles, told reporters he was “thrilled” with the engagement.

“They’ll be very happy indeed,” he said.

The engagement announcement said the couple became engaged in London earlier this month and that Harry had informed his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. It said he sought and received the permission of Markle’s parents.

Britain’s Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle pose for photographers during a photocall in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, Monday Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The couple plan to live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace. Markle is also reported to have started the sometimes time-consuming process of moving her dogs from Canada to Britain. She recently left her television show, a development that helped fueled engagement speculation.

Congratulations also came in from the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, and from Prime Minister Theresa May. Markle’s parents also welcomed the news.

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk away after posing for the media in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, Monday Nov. 27, 2017. It was announced that Prince Harry, fifth in line for the British throne, will marry American actress Markle in the spring, confirming months of rumors. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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