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. 

Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, have stuck it out for the few months following the announcement that they'd be stepping down as senior royals. 

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.

 
Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry at The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020, in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry at The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020, in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

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. 

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What an incredibly special surprise the grassroots led #globalsussexbabyshower was last Sunday! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are immensely grateful for the outpouring of love and support in anticipation of the birth of their first child. In lieu of sending gifts, the couple have long planned to encourage members of the public to make donations to select charities for children and parents in need. If you already made a donation, the couple send you their greatest thanks. If you are thinking about it, they ask that you kindly consider the following organisations they’ve selected, which we will highlight here over the next few days: @thelunchboxfund @littlevillagehq @wellchild @baby2baby The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Thank you for sharing the love ❤️

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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. 

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Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined The Queen and members of The Royal Family at the annual Trooping the Colour, to celebrate Her Majesty’s official birthday. Trooping the Colour orginated from traditional preparations for battle and has commemorated the birthday of the sovereign for more than 250 years. In the 18th century, guards from the royal palaces regularly assembled to “troop" colours or flags down the rank, so they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers. In 1748, it was announced this parade would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday. Trooping the Colour is performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies for The Queen’s birthday parade, allowing them to pay a personal tribute to Her Majesty. Today over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians came together on Horse Guards Parade in London in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare. The parade concludes with a 41-gun salute fired by The King’s Troop, following which The Queen leads members of The Royal Family back to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force flypast display. Photos credit: PA

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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. 

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More images from Heritage Day in Bo Kaap. As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Auwal Mosque – the first and oldest Mosque in South Africa. Standing as a symbol of the freedom of former slaves to worship, the Mosque hosts events with Muslim, Christian and Jewish young leaders, and encourages friendship and understanding between South Africa's varied communities. The Duke and Duchess also got to view the first known manuscript of the Qu’ran in Africa, drafted by Tuan Guru from memory, whilst he was imprisoned on Robben Island. ••• Heritage Day celebrated the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ Shutterstock / PA images

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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.

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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. 

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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal

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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. 

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