A year after their wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor—and in March, the royal couple announced that they were expecting their second.
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born today, and the delighted couple shared the news with their friends and family.
In honor of their growing family, we’ll look at their top-secret relationship, which led to one of the most famous weddings of the decade and a new chapter in the House of Windsor’s history.
What Led to Their Encounter
At the beginning of July 2016, Harry and Markle went on a blind date and got to know one another. First sit-down interview after engagement announcement: “We were actually connected by a common acquaintance,” Harry confessed.
The two were introduced by a friend of Harry’s, Violet von Westenholz, according to E! News, although other sources say it was Mischa Nonoo, the fashion designer.
Despite Prince Harry’s worldwide notoriety, Markle says she had no preconceptions about him prior to meeting him. In the BBC interview, she claimed that she didn’t have the same grasp of the royal family as someone from the United States.
“Our common acquaintance had tried to hook us up, and the only question that had crossed my mind was whether or not he was a nice guy. Due to the fact that it just didn’t make sense if he wasn’t kind”
They had great chemistry from the get-go. “I remember very quickly into that we asked, ‘Well, what are we doing tomorrow?'” Markle added. ‘It would be nice to see you again.'”
At a Kensington Palace garden picture op following their engagement announcement, Prince Harry was questioned about the moment he realized Meghan Markle was the right person for him. A snappy response was given: “the first time we met.”
From that point on, everything proceeded swiftly. After a second date, Prince Harry invited Meghan Markle to join him on a three- or four-week tour to Africa.
According to him, they “camped out under the stars” in Botswana after he convinced her to come along. Once we were all alone, I felt like we had a much better chance of getting to know one another.
News Travels Fast
Harry and an American actress had been quietly dating for four months until the news broke on October 31, 2016. Prince Harry is said to be “besotted” with Meghan Markle and “happier than he has been in a long time,” according to a Sunday Express insider.
On the same day, Meghan Markle posted a picture of two bananas cuddling together on Instagram, which could be a clue to a new romance in her life.
When asked about this period later, Markle commented, “We had a solid five, six months almost just privacy, which was great.”
The Family Says Hello to Meghan
For Reitmans, Markle sat down for an interview with the Vancouver Sun in November 2016. In the interview, she talked about her collaboration with Reitmans, her charitable work with World Vision, and her plans for the holiday season.
“So, my cup runneth over and I’m the luckiest girl in the world!” she exclaimed, despite her best efforts to keep Harry’s name out of it.
People also claimed that Prince Harry had already presented the actress to his father, Prince Charles, at the same time as this news was being publicized.
Harry Stands Up for His Girlfriend in Public
On November 8, 2016, Prince Harry issued a statement confirming his connection with Meghan Markle. Harry also asks the media and social media trolls to cease the “wave of hate and harassment” in his statement “that was aimed at his girlfriend, who was upset.
It’s been “nightly legal fights” for Harry to stop the media from releasing tales about Meghan Markle and their relationship, he says.
In an interview with the BBC, Harry admitted that the media attention had surprised both he and Markle. It was a complete shock to both of us, to put it mildly.
Many people thought that Markle would be well-prepared for the attention she would receive because of her fame as an actress, but nothing could have prepared her for the magnitude of the attention she would receive.
For a long time, people thought that because she had worked in the entertainment world, she would be familiar with this type of situation. “Tabloid culture is something I’ve never experienced, however. When it comes to pop culture, I’ve never been as involved as I am now.”
To tune out the cacophony, was her response, as she explained to the BBC. “To be honest, I think we were just bombarded with so many lies at the beginning that I chose to ignore everything, good or bad. It didn’t make sense, so we concentrated all of our efforts on enhancing our relationship instead.”
On November 18, she posted a Mahatma Gandhi quote to Instagram in reaction to Harry’s statement about their relationship, which many took to mean she was responding to it.
Even the Duke of Cambridge Has to Weigh-in
William published a statement to dispel allegations that he was dissatisfied with his brother’s decision to publicly reveal his relationship status on November 27th, 2016, “The Duke of Cambridge understands the situation of privacy and respects Prince Harry’s desire to support those closest to him,” the statement reads in part.”
The Harry and Meghan Relationship Continues to Deepen
Markle was pictured in Toronto in early December 2016 wearing a gold necklace with the letters “M” and “H” engraved on it.
They were spotted together later in the month choosing up a 6-foot Christmas tree and holding hands on their way to watch the Tony award-winning production, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime in London’s West End. Piccadilly Circus’ Christmas lights catch the couple’s eye as they stroll through Soho, according to The Sun.