Prince Harry began dating American actress Meghan Markle in 2016. The pair announced their engagement 18 months later and were married at St George's Chapel in May 2018. Their relationship has been met with a lot of admiration and controversy throughout the world.
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From receiving backlash from the media, welcoming their first child together to leaving the Royal Family - a lot has impacted and happened in their relationship since they first announced their union.
Briefly News takes a look at some of the most significant moments and milestones between the power couple..
When the love story of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle started
In July 2016, Prince Harry and Meghan, an actor on the popular TV show Suits, were set up on a blind date at London’s exclusive Soho House by their mutual friend, Vanity Fair reported.
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According to the publication, the friend believed that both Harry and Meghan had huge hearts. Harry was immediately besotted with her beauty and intelligence.
They had already connected on Instagram and liked what they saw. A mutual friend, Violet von Westenholz, gave Meghan’s number to Harry and suggested he call her.
Naturally more dates followed thereafter and Harry later invited Meghan to join him on a holiday to Botswana, where their love blossomed.
The beautiful Royal wedding
According to Hello Magazine, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday 19 May 2018.
Thousands of royal visitors lined the streets of Windsor to watch the day unfold, from the arrival of the groom with his best man Prince William to the all-important first glimpse of the beautiful bride Meghan in her bespoke Givenchy bridal gown.
Sweet video captures Meghan Markle hugging young girl outside Windsor Castle following Queen Elizabeth's death
In a touching moment, Meghan was walked down the aisle by her father-in-law, Prince Charles. Speaking about walking Meghan down the aisle, Prince Charles said in a statement that he was "pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way".
The couple held hands as they said their vows in the ceremony, which was led by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Harry and Meghan welcome their 1st child & exit Royal Family
Prince Harry and Meghan welcomed their baby boy – whose full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor – on 6 May 2019, choosing to announce his moniker two days later, Hello Magazine reports.
Archie is the Queen and Prince Philip's eighth great-grandchild and is now seventh-in-line to the throne following Prince Charles, Prince William, his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, and his dad Prince Harry.
According to US Magazine, the couple paid tribute to Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, with Archie’s name. Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, from Scotland, was one of her ancestors. Harrison means “son of Harry,” while Mountbatten was the surname of the late Prince Philip’s late uncle Louis Mountbatten.
After Harry and Meghan stepped back from their duties as senior royals in March 2020, the family relocated to California. Archie became a big brother to sister Lilibet “Lili” Diana in June 2021.
Check out the video below to learn why the couple took the hard decision to leave the Royal Family
By each other’s side following Queen Elizabeth's passing
Seen holding each other hand in hand, the couple has made several public and official royal appearances honouring the late Queen Elizabeth who passed on 8 September 2022.
They also made a sweet tribute on their Archewell Foundation to mark the Queen's passing.
ET Online reported that the site had now been set to all black and the front page which usually contains information about the foundation and its upcoming events, was devoted completely to the Queen with a message in white that reads:
"In loving memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II."
Sweet video captures Meghan Markle hugging young girl outside Windsor Castle following Queen Elizabeth’s death
In another story, Briefly News that easily one of the public’s most loved Royal Family members, Meghan Markle won over even more hearts this past weekend during her public appearance with mourners in support of the bereaved family.
This is after video footage, which has since gone viral, shows The Duchess of Sussex interacting with the public lined up outside Windsor Castle in a friendly manner as she greeted and thanked them for their support following the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death on Thursday, 8 September.
And as if that wasn’t sweet enough, Markel even hugged a teen girl waiting in line at the Long Walk at Windsor. In the clip, she is seen and heard asking the girl her name and how long she has been waiting. Markle also expresses that it means a lot to the Royal Family to have the girl there before she goes in for the iconic hug.
Source: Briefly News