Meghan and Prince Harry found, grew and nurtured their love to help it grow into a small family tree. Explore how they went from their first date to the arrival of their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Take a look at their relationship as it happened ... from trips to Norway and holding hands to shopping for Christmas trees together. This relationship between the American actress and the British Royal couldn’t have been more unlikely which also makes it a million times more romantic.
1. Blind Date.
In July 2016, a friend of Prince Harry’s set him and Meghan Markle up on a blind date. According to the BBC, Meghan didn’t have any preconceived notions saying, “I didn’t know much about him, so the only thing that I had asked our mutual friend when she said that she wanted to set us up, was, 'Well is he nice?' Cause if he wasn't kind, it just didn’t seem like it would make sense."
2. Next Steps.
How quick were there sparks? Real quick. Meghan told the BBC, “We met for a drink and then I think very quickly into that we said, 'Well what are we doing tomorrow? We should meet again.’” At their engagement photo shoot, Harry said that he knew Meghan was the one “the very first time we met.”
3. Into Africa.
According to Town & Country, after another date, Prince Harry asked Meghan to join him on a trip to Africa just a month or so later. The Prince said, "I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana and we camped out with each other under the stars. Then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other."
4. News Leaks.
After four months of low-key dating, the news of the relationship finally leaked on October 31, 2016. According to the Sunday Express, a source said that Prince Harry was “happier than he’s been for many years and besotted.” Meghan later said, “We had a good five, six months almost with just privacy, which was amazing."
5. Meeting Dad.
Just two months in and talk of engagement was already in the air. Sources told People that “Engagement is certainly a possibility. It is certainly one possible outcome. It’s pretty serious, so we will see.” Harry introduced Meghan to his father, Prince Charles, which added to the speculation.
6. Formal Statement.
In November of 2016, Prince Harry — who had been in legal battles to prevent publishing defamatory stories about the couple — issued a formal statement. He told the press to stop the “wave of abuse and harassment” aimed at Meghan.
7. Another Statement.
Just about two weeks later, another statement was issued. This time Prince William addressed the rumors saying that he was unhappy with brother, Harry’s, decision to discuss his relationship. Prince William said, “The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him."
8. First Christmas.
Things were moving quickly between Meghan and the Prince. She was spotted wearing a gold necklace with the letters M and H and the pair were seen choosing a Christmas tree and holding hands while at the theater. The two even strolled through London’s Soho taking in the Christmas lights.
9. Meeting the Queen.
That same Christmas, Meghan was introduced to Her Majesty the Queen of England. Meghan told the BBC that, "It's incredible to be able to meet her through his lens, not just with his honor and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother. She's an incredible woman."
10. Romantic Getaway.
In early 2017, Meghan and her Prince vacationed in Norway so they could take in the Northern Lights. A source said that Harry “put a lot of thought into it and wanted to make it as romantic and special as possible.”
11. Meeting Middleton.
12. A Wedding.
Meghan and Prince Harry attended their first wedding together in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Harry’s friend was getting hitched, and it set the stage for future weddings.
13. A Second Wedding.
In May of 2017, Meghan and Prince Harry attended Pippa Middleton’s wedding.
14. African Vacation.
Meghan and Prince Harry took a three-week vacation in August 2017 to Africa and took in Botswana and the gorgeous Victoria Falls. It was Meghan’s 36th birthday, and they celebrated in style.
Meghan and Prince Harry announced their engagement on November 27, 2017. They were reportedly thrilled and happy and even had a photo shoot and an official interview to mark the occasion.
16. The Wedding.
17. Their First Pregnancy.
Meghan and Prince Harry landed in Australia and announced they were pregnant on October 15, 2018. This was their first joint royal tour.