- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 16, 2010

LONDON (AP) - Britain’s Prince Harry says he’s delighted his brother is finally engaged.

The third in line to the throne has issued as statement saying he is “delighted that my brother has popped the question!”

Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement Tuesday after eight years of dating. The prince says he proposed to Middleton last month during a holiday in Kenya.

Harry says the news means he gets a sister, “which I have always wanted.”

The soldier prince made the statement after training for the day Tuesday.

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LONDON (AP) _ Prince William finally became engaged to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton, giving her his late mother’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring, as Britain looked forward to its biggest royal wedding since Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer almost 30 years ago.

Royal officials announced Tuesday that the couple will marry next spring or summer in London, ending years of rumored splits, reconciliations and will-they, won’t-they speculation.

William is second in line to the British throne after Charles, his father. Kate and William’s first child would move ahead of his younger brother Prince Harry to become third in line to the throne.

William, speaking in a joint TV interview, discussed marriage with Middleton for more than a year before he proposed during a vacation in Kenya last month.

“As every guy out there will know, it takes time a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going,” William said. “It just felt really right out in Africa and was beautiful at the time.”

He gave Middleton the engagement ring once worn by his late mother, Diana _ an oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds from the jeweler Garrard.

“This was my way of making sure that my mother didn’t miss out on today,” William said as the couple posed for photographers in the state apartments at St. James’ Palace.

Middleton acknowledged that being queen was “a daunting prospect.” She declined to say whether the prince had proposed on bended knee.

Clarence House said that while William’s bride-to-be is commonly known as Kate, her official name is Catherine Elizabeth _ the style used by her close family. She will be named Queen Catherine if William, as expected, eventually takes the British throne.

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