While the whole royal family is undoubtedly over the moon about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement, Kate Middleton could be the happiest of all since, come next spring, she’ll no longer be the only commoner living at Kensington Palace. During a visit to London’s Foundling Museum on Tuesday morning to learn about their art therapy programs and meet families who have been a part of the museum’s education and outreach program, the mom-to-be spoke about how happy she and Prince William are to welcome Markle into the family.
“William and I are absolutely thrilled,” she told reporters outside the museum, according to People. “It’s such exciting news. It’s a really happy time for any couple, and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment.” This echoed the royal couple’s previous statement about the engagement. “We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together,” they said on Monday, shortly after Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement was announced via the official Clarence House Twitter account.
According to the statement, the royal wedding will take place in spring 2018, although it’s unclear whether Harry and Meghan will tie the knot before or after Middleton gives birth to her third child in April 2018. In the meantime, however, the statement notes, the Suits star will move into Nottingham Cottage, Prince Harry’s home right next door to Will and Kate’s massive Apartment 1A on the Kensington Palace grounds—so the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have plenty of time to get to know their sister-in-law-to-be by the time the wedding rolls around. No word yet on whether Markle has already been roped into babysitting duty for Prince George and Princess Charlotte, but we can only assume that they’re as thrilled as their parents to welcome their new aunt into the family.