Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has responded to news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement, saying: "I'm sure they're going to have a great deal of fun together."

The Labour leader and well-known republican had nothing but kind words to say about the royal couple and even digressed from the issue to heap praise on the prince and his brother, William, for their mental health campaign.

Corbyn was reportedly put on the spot at an event in Glasgow by a journalist from the Telegraph newspaper widely regarded as an establishment media outlet, who asked if he would like to congratulate Prince Harry on the announcement.

Buzzfeed's Jamie Ross, who was tweeting from the event said that the journalist was booed by the Scottish labour supporters in attendance.

But Corbyn was not flustered, replying: "My congratulations to Harry and Meghan.

"I wish them well, I hope they have a great deal of time and great fun together, and having met Harry a couple of times I'm sure they're going to have a great deal of fun together.

"I really do admire the way Harry and his brother are actually drawing attention to mental health conditions all across the country. So I wish him well, thank him for what he's done on mental health and hope they have a great life together."

Corbyn's opposite number Prime Minister Theresa May was among the first to congratulate the couple on finally getting hitched after months of speculation. In a statement, she said: "I would like to offer my very warmest congratulations to HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upon their engagement.

"This is a time of huge celebration and excitement for two people in love and, on behalf of myself, the Government and the country, I wish them great happiness for the future."

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted: "HUGE congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - fantastic news! Here's to a happy and long life together."

Meanwhile, Twitter is already bored of the announcement, with several thousand people tweeting jokes and memes, which reveal that many Brits are just concerned about getting a day off from work.

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Jeremy Corbyn heaped praise on Prince Harry and William's work through their mental heath charity Heads Together Getty