Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: A Royal Romance

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a photocall for their engagement in the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace, London, 27 November 2017
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at Kensington Palace. Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty

Meghan and Harry’s Story

December 2016
Harry and Meghan are first spotted together Christmas tree shopping in London. By this stage, they had been dating for several months, having been introduced by a mutual friend in the July of that year.

May 2017
Meghan attends Pippa Middleton’s wedding reception as Harry’s date, cementing her role as Harry’s significant other in the eyes of the world.

September 2017
Meghan appears on the cover of Vanity Fair, confirming that she and Harry are very much a couple and in love. “Personally, I love a great love story,” she declares.

September 2017
The couple make their first official public appearance at the Invictus Games in Toronto,
of which Harry is a patron. Under the watchful eye of the world press they are openly affectionate with each other.

November 2017
The couple announce their engagement at Kensington Palace. Just hours later the BBC broadcasts an interview in which they reveal details of the proposal. “It was so sweet and natural and very romantic,” Meghan said.

Meghan also displayed her stunning engagement ring, which Harry designed, incorporating some of his late mother’s diamonds. Harry said he included his mother’s jewels as he wanted “to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together”.

December 2017
The couple attend their first royal engagement together in Nottingham. The couple visited
a World Aids Day charity fair and met members of Full Effect – an organisation set up to tackle youth crime.

6 March 2018
Meghan is baptised into the Anglican Church ahead of her wedding to Harry.

12 March 2018
Meghan joins Harry and other members of the Royal Family, including Her Majesty The Queen, at the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.

19 May 2018
The couple marry at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.