Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary, just weeks before they return to the UK to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee.
From her romantic evening at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto to the adorable interview with Oprah Winfrey and beyond, News week He takes a look at the biggest milestones of Meghan and Harry’s relationship so far.
Harry and Meghan started dating in 2016 after meeting a mutual friend. The couple were able to enjoy six months of privacy before their relationship became public. After intense press interest in Meghan after the media broke off their relationship, Harry released an unprecedented statement confirming their relationship and warning against exploitative and racist media coverage of his girlfriend in some cases.
“It is not right that Ms Markle has faced such a storm after having been in a relationship with him for a few months,” the statement said. He knows commentators will say “that’s the price you have to pay” and that “it’s all part of the game”. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it is her life and his life.”
Invictus Games 2017
The couple only officially appeared together at a public event at Harry’s Invictus Games 2017, which was held in Toronto, the Canadian city where Meghan lived while filming her hit TV show. suit.
Meghan attended a tennis match in a wheelchair on her prince’s arm and at the closing ceremony, the world got its first glimpse of a kiss while Harry leaned forward to openly show his affection with his girlfriend.
Soon after the Invictus Games, Meghan was increasingly seen in London, spending time with Harry at his home, Nottingham Cottage, within the walls of Kensington Palace.
On November 27, 2017, the couple announced their engagement to the press in the sunken garden of the palace. In an interview taped shortly after the announcement, Harry and Meghan revealed that the Prince proposed to her while the couple spent a quiet evening at home frying a chicken. It was announced that the wedding would take place the following May.
First royal tour
Meghan’s first taste of royal action came when she attended the Terrance Higgins Trust’s World AIDS Day charity fair in Nottingham with Harry. This was the couple’s first walking tour together, allowing them to see members of the audience up close and in person since their engagement.
In a rare departure from tradition, Queen Elizabeth II invited Meghan to attend the royals’ Christmas celebrations at their Sandringham home in Norfolk. The Queen wouldn’t normally have invited the partner of a family member if they weren’t already married, but Meghan was made an exception.
As members of the royal family headed to traditional church on Christmas morning, Meghan and Harry were photographed alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton for the first time, and Meghan also made her first public visit to the Queen.
Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018 was one of the highlights of the royal year, with an estimated 1.9 billion viewers worldwide.
Meghan’s dress was designed by Claire White Bonner for the French fashion house Givenchy and for the evening she was transformed into a silk neckline dress by Stella McCartney.
The path to the altar wasn’t always easy for Harry and Meghan. Days before the wedding, the father of the bride, Thomas Markle, was caught collaborating with the paparazzi and had health issues which meant he was unable to travel from America to the UK. Prince Charles met his future daughter-in-law halfway down the aisle at St George’s Chapel and escorted her to Harry’s home.
South Pacific tour
After their wedding, Harry and Meghan – now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – focused on their royal business. In the fall of 2018, the couple were asked to embark on an official royal tour of the South Pacific, including Tonga, Australia and New Zealand. Just before the tour, the couple announced that they are expecting their first child.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019, almost a year after Harry and Meghan’s first wedding anniversary. To prevent the press from snooping, the announcement that Meghan was going into labor was postponed and there was no traditional postpartum photo on the hospital steps. Instead, the new royal baby was introduced to the public at Windsor Castle two days later and spent his first few months at Harry and Meghan’s Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage.
In September 2019, the Sussexes embarked on their second long-haul tour abroad, with visits to South Africa, Malawi, Angola and Botswana. The couple took baby Archie and was photographed when his parents met Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The African tour was a defining moment for Harry and Meghan, as the public finally realized Meghan had been struggling with royal life and relentless criticism from the press. During that tour, Meghan gave an interview asking if she was okay, to which she replied, “Thanks for the question. Not many people asked if I was okay.”
According to biography Searching for freedom Written by Omid Scobie and Caroline Durand, the couple traveled to Canada to recover from the trip as a family. Here unfolded her departure from the royal family.
Last post full time
In the early months of 2020, after a period of talks with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William, it was announced that Harry and Meghan would step down as full-time royals and work as the couple wish for “financial independence”. “
The last official date Harry and Meghan pledged was to appear at the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9. Soon after the couple moved to America, where they stayed during the COVID-19 pandemic, they eventually settled with their son in Santa Barbara, California.
In March 2021, Harry and Meghan attended an interview with her neighbor Oprah Winfrey that shocked the world and through Buckingham Palace in particular.
During the interview, the couple discussed their treatment as members of the royal family by the press, the public and palace staff, and recounted an alleged racist encounter with an unnamed royal who made insensitive comments about the complexion of the king and his potential children. the couple.
In response to the interview, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying the allegations were taken seriously but “memories may differ”.
After the interview was broadcast, Prince William responded to the accusation of racism by telling the press, “We are not a racist family.”
The couple also spoke to Winfrey about Meghan’s second pregnancy, which was a highlight of her new life in America.
In October 2020, Harry and Meghan founded their own non-profit foundation, Archewell, to which the audio-visual media production companies were subsequently added under the Archewell umbrella.
Through Archewell, the couple found a way to advance their charitable and humanitarian causes while maintaining a way to make official announcements and communicate with the public.
Lillibit Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on June 4, 2021. Harry and Meghan chose two very special names for their daughter, Lillibit being the family nickname of the Queen and Diana in honor of the late princess.
The Invictus 2022 Games were held in the Netherlands after a two-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Harry and Meghan traveled to the event as part of their first public trip to Europe together since their last royal engagement in 2020.
On their way to the Games, the couple paid a special visit to the British Queen ahead of her 96th birthday.
At the Invictus launch party, Meghan gave her husband a warm onstage speech and the pair witnessed several events together before Meghan returned to the States to be with Archie and Lilibet.
Harry and Meghan are set to face another milestone in their relationship in a fortnight as they announce that they will travel to the UK on the central weekend of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations.
The visit is the first time the couple has attended a public event in the UK since interviewing Winfrey, and it will also be the first time they have introduced Lillipet to the King.