From the beginning, Prince Harry consistently compared his future wife, Meghan Markle, to his late mother, Princess Diana. Since then, the US actress has attempted to emulate the People's Princess, but she went far off, according to a book.
Prince Harry got set up on a blind date with his future spouse, Meghan Markle, in May 2016. The two, who have a charming love story, were set up by a mutual pal, Misha Nonoo.
The prince and the former actress met at a party as a usual pair. After establishing a romantic relationship, they kept their romance low-key until the media found out.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attending wheelchair tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. | Source: Getty Images
The Sunday Press reported on October 31, 2016, that the British royal had been secretly dating the "Suits" alum. One insider said Prince Harry seemed "happier than he's been for many years."
A month later, Markle could not keep her happiness to herself during a Q&A with Canada's Vancouver Sun newspaper, stating a cryptic quote: "So, my cup runneth over, and I'm the luckiest girl in the world!"
On November 8, 2016, following reports that she and the royal were a couple, Prince Harry released a statement acknowledging that they were indeed dating. Moreover, he asked the media to respect Markle's privacy.
Prince Harry introduced his love to his beloved grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September 2017. The pair first flew to Scotland to visit Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
The next day, the lovebirds went to Balmoral Castle, the Queen's summer residence. In November that year, Markle quit "Suits," leading to speculations that she would be moving to the UK. People later reported that she would be co-habiting with her then-boyfriend:
"Markle will live with Harry at his two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace, where staff already know Markle."
The couple announced their engagement on November 27, 2017. Clarence House released a statement saying: "His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month."
Markle got welcomed into the Royal Family, and the monarch even broke royal protocol for her, said an expert. Her Majesty invited the American native to spend Christmas at Sandringham with the rest of the family in 2017. This gesture went against royal tradition because Markle and Prince Harry were not yet husband and wife.
MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY WED IN A GIGANTIC CEREMONY
After enormous preparation for the much-anticipated royal wedding, Prince Harry and Markle walked down the aisle on May 19, 2018, at St. George's Chapel.
For the big day, the bride wanted to stun guests with her detailed wedding gown, which paid subtle tributes to her husband-to-be and her home state of California. Markle collaborated with Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller on the dress.
Her silk veil was embroidered with California poppies, a national flower of her home state. The piece also features flowers representing all 53 countries of the Commonwealth, which was a nod to her new role as a working royal. Waight Keller later explained how the ideas came about:
"Over time, we had different conversations back and forth, and I came up with the idea of representing each of the [53 Commonwealth countries] through their flora. And we both loved the story of that."
She further divulged that the innovative notion made the bride's walk down the aisle "poetic" because all those countries "journeyed up the aisle with her."
Waight Keller expressed that the Duchess of Sussex adored the incorporation as it would mark her new journey as a royal. She would carry out important work impacting those nations, especially after Her Majesty announced her soon-to-be husband as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.
Moreover, a Kensington Palace spokesman revealed Markle wanted to express how grateful she was to be allowed to do some good within a royal institution:
"Ms. Markle wanted to express her gratitude for the opportunity to support the work of the Commonwealth by incorporating references to its members into the design of her wedding dress."
PRINCE HARRY CONSTANTLY COMPARED MARKLE TO HIS MOM
As a married couple, there have been some setbacks in Prince Harry and Markle's lives. A new book, via The Times, fueled emotions by consistently comparing his wife to his beloved mother, Princess Diana.
The more he did it; the more Markle became convinced of her importance as a member of the Royal Family. It became evident when the Duchess of Sussex commented on a pair of jewel-encrusted earrings that she wore from her mother-in-law's collection:
"It's so important to me to know that she's a part of this with us."
In October 2018, the Sussexes jetted to Sydney, Australia, where they received a warm welcome from large crowds who cheered on the royal couple. They were particularly jubilant about the news that Prince Harry and Markle were expecting their first child together.
The duo's successful tour to the Land Down Under was comparable to the late Princess of Wales and Prince Charles with their firstborn son, Prince William, in 1983.
Hence the Duke and Duchess of Sussex believed that their Australian tour's success automatically gave them a leg up compared to Princess Diana.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle pictured waving from the balcony of the Grand Pacific Hotel on October 23, 2018 in Suva, Fiji. | Source: Getty Images
According to the book, the most significant difference between the two royal women was that Markle could never comprehend that her in-law won over hearts following years of work:
"Neither she nor Harry could grasp that emulating Diana required time to weave a narrative and create a brand from which influence would flow. Unlike Meghan, Diana had never needed to seek money or fame."
Per the author, Markle strongly believed that she could be the transformation the monarchy needed because she was encouraged by her husband. However, according to her former staff, the Duchess only "gave the impression that she believed she personified the monarchy's importance," said the author.
In contrast, a writer for Time stated in a piece for the outlet in August 2017 that Princess Diana did not strive to be "a future Queen of the country." Instead, she expressed her desire to be a "queen of people's hearts."
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