And just like that, the world's most eligible bachelor is off the market! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially engaged, and we only have one request: more cute couple pictures!
Though photos of Prince Harry and Meghan together are rare — they've been dating for a little more than a year yet they've only been photographed hand-in-hand a few times — their engagement will certainly give us more insight into their relationship. And judging by the photos we do have of the lovebirds together, their romance is as much of a fairy tale as you might imagine. So keep scrolling to see every time the two stepped out and totally warmed our hearts.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's First Outing of 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped out for the first time together in 2018 to visit Reprezent Radio in Brixton, South London. This organization works with young people who want to pursue a career in music, offering training and exposing them to the industry.
The photogenic couple looked chic in neutral-colored ensembles. Always the stylish one, Meghan looked comfortable in a Marks and Spencer sweater, Burberry slacks, and black pumps under an oatmeal-colored Smythe coat. (No word yet on whether this coat will sell out like her engagement coat did!) Prince Harry looked handsome in a gray sweater which he layered over a crisp white button-down. To keep warm he wore an olive blazer and thick, dark pants.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Spend Christmas Together at Sandringham
Though much was written about whether or not Meghan Markle would be allowed to join the rest of the royal family at the Queen's residence at Sandringham, the Queen ultimately gave her grandson permission to bring his fiancée. The idea of a husband-and-wife-to-be spending the holidays together might not seem like a big deal, but it broke royal protocol.
Typically, only spouses of royal family members are allowed to attend the Queen Elizabeth's private Christmas festivities. When Kate Middleton and Prince William were still engaged, the future Duchess of Cambridge had to sit this one out even though she and her now husband had been together for seven years at that point.
During this Christmas trip, Meghan made headlines for performing her first public curtsy for the Queen. While some criticized her "awful" curtsy, we still give Meghan an A for effort. Curtsying for Queen Elizabeth is no small task!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Engagement Photoshoot
Kensington Palace gifted us all an early Christmas present when they shared Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement photoshoot — how gorgeous! Fashion and celebrity photographer Alexi Lubomirski was the man behind the camera, and boy did he do an amazing job.
The couple, who was photographed by Lubomirski at Frogmore House, shared the photos on his personal Instagram account, saying: “A huge thank you to His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Ms. Markle, for allowing me to take their official engagement portraits. Not only was it an incredible honor, but also an immense privilege to be invited to share and be a witness to this young couple’s love for each other. I cannot help but smile when I look at the photos that we took. I cannot help but smile when I look at the photos that we took.” And we can't keep ourselves from grinning either!
Though we're big fans of Meghan's stunning dress — a beautiful creation by British-based Australian designers Ralph & Russo — some people felt like Meghan's "racy" gown broke royal protocol. Though it appears to be semi-sheer, we're guessing that up close there's a flesh-colored lining. And considering the royal family allowed these photos of Meghan wearing the dress to be released, we're guessing Queen Elizabeth has no qualms with her future granddaughter's dress.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Engagement
On November 28, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first public appearance as an engaged couple. The lovebirds' May 2018 nuptials will be held at Windsor Castle next year.
But before that can happen, Meghan needs to be baptized and confirmed in the Church of England. She will also become a British citizen, Kensington Palace confirmed.
Meghan Markle's Engagement Ring
At her engagement photocall, Meghan looked stunning in an emerald dress and chic white wrap coat. In fact, just hours after the engagement photos popped up on the internet, Meghan's outerwear, which was made by the Canadian brand LINE, had already sold out.
But everyone's eyes were really focused on Meghan's new sparkler. Prince Harry still managed to incorporate his mom, Princess Diana, in his big day by incorporating two stones from her personal collection in the engagement ring. Harry handpicked the third stone during a trip to Botswana in Africa.