It’s time for the UK to look for its next most eligible bachelor now that Prince Harry is officially off the market. The 33-year-old prince found the love of his life in American actress Meghan Markle, though the couple’s romance hasn’t been without some hiccups. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love story is one about overcoming the odds, from her status as a divorcée to her attention-seeking family members.
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement back in November 2017, we were excited but nervous for the couple. We knew so much about Harry because he had spent his entire life in the spotlight, but who was Meghan Markle? Could she handle marrying a Brit — and a royal Brit at that? As Meghan Markle’s love story and life details came to light, including more about Meghan’s oh-so-interesting family, we knew she was the perfect bride for unconventional royal. The Prince Harry and Meghan Markle story has been all about breaking royal protocol — including not being afraid to show a little PDA — and we imagine they’ll continue to shake things up. Who knows, maybe Meghan Markle will be “The People’s Princess 2.0” (although Princess Diana can’t ever be replaced).
From their first meeting to Harry’s proposal with Diana’s diamonds, we’ve compiled a list of all the milestones in this couple’s fairy-tale romance. We’ve got our fingers crossed that we can soon add an announcement about Meghan and Harry expecting. (We think Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s child would be one adorable tot!)
Keep scrolling to see Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s love story in pictures.
Prince Harry Meghan Markle Love Story July 2016
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle apparently met through mutual friends. Markus Anderson, Meghan's best friend and a consultant for the private club Soho House, is credited as the main matchmaker.
Prince Harry Meghan Markle Love Story October 2016
The Sunday Express reported that Prince Harry and the Suits actress are dating. “The romance is in its early stages, but it’s no exaggeration to say he’s besotted with her,” a source told the UK tabloid. Photos of the couple wearing matching blue bracelets added fuel to the relationship rumors.
Prince Harry Meghan Markle Love Story November 2016
The circumstances surrounding Prince Harry's official statement confirming his new relationship were not as joyous as one might expect. The prince released a statement through Kensington Palace slamming the media and the public for harassing Meghan. A few weeks later, Prince William came to his brother's defense, releasing a statement saying he understood Harry's privacy concerns and would support him through this ordeal.
Prince Harry Meghan Markle Love Story December 2016
The first sighting of the new couple emerged at this time. The Sun published a photo of the pair holding hands while out on the town in London. They even bought a Christmas tree together. So sweet!
Prince Harry Meghan Markle Love Story March 2017
The couple jetted off to Jamaica where Meghan accompanied her beau to the wedding of his friend Tom "Skipp" Inskip. Less than six months after confirming their relationship, the two were already discussing their future, an inside source said at the time: "They see a life together."
Prince Harry Meghan Markle Love Story September 2017 Invictus
Prince Harry and Meghan made their first appearance together at an official event at this time. Meghan cheered on her love as he hosted the fourth annual Invictus Games, which Harry created to bring together wounded military personnel to compete in sports.
Prince Harry Meghan Markle Love Story September 2017
Meghan graced the cover of the October issue of Vanity Fair for her first in-depth interview about her then-boyfriend, Prince Harry. “We’re a couple. We’re in love,” she told the magazine. By this point, readers speculated that the two lovebirds had to be engaged, otherwise the royal family would not have signed off on the interview.
Prince Harry Meghan Markle Love Story November 2017
On November 27, 2017, news broke that everyone's favorite royal bachelor was finally engaged to his girlfriend of about a year, Meghan Markle. The soon-to-be husband and wife looked completely in love during their official photo call, where Meghan showed off her stunning engagement ring. Her ring features a large diamond in the center flanked by two smaller stones from Princess Diana's personal collection.
The two planned a May 2018 ceremony at Windsor Castle.
Prince Harry Meghan Markle Love Story First Royal Engagement
On December 1, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped out for their first royal engagement to a cheering crowd in Nottingham. Meghan looked completely relaxed as she smiled and shook hands with fans who had gathered.
Prince Harry Meghan Markle Love Story Commonwealth Day 2018
Meghan Markle's style was on full display at the 2018 Commonwealth Day Service on March 12. The navy dress under her bright white coat matched Kate Middleton's dark blue frock, which complemented the latter's baby bump.
Just a few months away from her May 19 nuptials, Meghan looked perfectly at ease with the rest of the royal family at the service and ready to begin her royal duties. Commonwealth Day is a celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations, which is a multi-government organization of 53 member states, many of which are former British colonies.