10 Moments from the Royal Life of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle That Everyone Remembers
For royal fans, March 31 proves that all good things must come to an end. While we'll be seeing them around, Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry are stepping down from their former positions.
Now that the time has come, let's take a look back at the most memorable events the couple shared with the world as they leave behind a life of publicity and royal stature.
1. The Royal Engagement
Harry and Markle first met in July 2016. In 2017, not only did they make their first public appearance, but the two announced an official engagement on November 27, 2017.
They later released photos taken by Alexi Lubomirski at Frogmore House. Harry reportedly proposed with a custom ring from Cleave and Company with diamonds from Botswana, and from his mother's collection.
2. The Royal Wedding
Harry and Markle's wedding rivaled that of those that came before it and arguably remains unmatched by those that came after. The two tied the knot on May 19, 2018.
The former "Suits" actress wowed in a Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy satin gown as she walked from the St. George's Chapel on her big day. She was surrounded by love from her new royal family and her mom.
3. Meghan's First Trooping the Color
Markle showed stunning elegance mere weeks later when she made her Trooping the Color debut. The esteemed military parade saw her in a soft pink Carolina Herrera dress with a matching hat.
Markle and her husband shared a sweet moment in which the then-newbie royal asked Harry if she should curtsy upon the Queen's arrival. He answered that she should.
4. Meghan's First Royal Tour
Markle was no stranger to travel, but she had not done it at length as a royal before September 2018. Alongside her husband, she visited Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga.
5. Spending Christmas alone
Unexpectedly, Markle and Harry chose not to spend Christmas with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in December 2018, as they had done the previous year.
Instead, the two opted to stay at Sandringham House. On Christmas Day, the couple walked to church for the holiday service with Prince William and wife Kate Middleton.
6. Pregnancy Announcement
In October 2018, Markle and Harry delighted fans when they announced that a baby was on the way. It followed Harry's expressed wishes to start a family the previous year in November.
7. The Birth of Archie
Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019, weighing 7 lb 3 oz. The pregnancy reportedly went well, and Harry grinned from ear to ear when he spoke to the public soon after.
8. Archie's Christening
Royal fans were treated to pictures of the infant a couple of months later when Archie was christened. The intimate event took place at the Windsor Castle and involved around 25 close friends and family.
Archie wore the 1841 Royal Christening Robe — as all royal babies do — and appeared in several black-and-white photos with his parents in the Rose Garden.
9. Archie's visit to Africa
At less than a year old, little Archie took his first royal tour to Africa in September 2019. Although he was left behind for the engagements, Markle showed off her maternal side by interacting with several kids.
10. Stepping Down Announcement
In January 2020, Markle and Harry announced their decision to step down as senior royals and their plans to split their time between North America and the United Kingdom.
Harry credited the move to media attacks on his wife. The two are still under heavy scrutiny wherever they go. Regardless, the plan is to be financially independent and give Archie a less public life.
Leaving it Behind
Soon after their announcement, Harry and Markle moved to Canada where the latter once resided. Last week, they upped and left the Great White North for Los Angeles, Markle's home town.
The relocation came sometime before Canada closed its borders. It will allow Markle to be closer to mom Daria Raglan, and away from the UK media who blame her for the step-down. We hope she finds relief.