Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are all set to appear in their first American TV interview post royal split. In the two promos that aired last week, the couple is seen spilling the beans on “some pretty shocking things.” So, ahead of the tell-all Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which will air on March 7, lets take a look back at the power couple’s love story.
The Blind Date
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love story began in 2016 when they were introduced to each other on a blind date by a mutual friend in London. Despite Harry’s global fame, Markle didn’t who he was before they met. She explained her first meeting with Prince Harry in an interview with the BBC: “Because I’m from the States, you don’t grow up with the same understanding of the royal family. I didn't know much about him, so the only thing that I had asked [our mutual friend] when she said that she wanted to set us up, was, 'Well, is he nice?' Cause if he wasn't kind, it just didn't seem like it would make sense. "
In February 2021, Prince spoke about how the couple got serious within the first two months of dating during the interview with James Corden on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”
"The second date I was starting to think: this is pretty special," Harry told Corden, adding that “We went from 0 to 60 like in the first two months.”
Rumours about the new couple
Following months, romance rumours intensified that Harry was dating an American actress even though the couple kept a low-profile. The couple kept their relationship secret from the media, however, they were frequently pictured together
Prince Harry confirmed her relationship with Meghan Markle in a formal statement on November 8, 2016. In the statement, Harry also spoke the media scrutiny and asked the British press to stop the wave of abuse and harassment directed towards her girlfriend Meghan Markle.
“His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public - the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.” Prince Harry said in a statement.
“Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,” the statement added.
The Couple goes on about their relationship
Harry and Meghan spent 2017 New Year together followed by their first Valentine’s Day as a couple. According to the media reports, the couple dined in a private club on Valentine’s day before heading to Kensington Palace. Harry and Meghan were frequently spotted together in public. Meghan was also present at the annual Audi Polo Challenge in Ascot, England, where Harry was participating.
Later on, they also attended a tennis event in Toronto, holding hands and smiling. In August 2017, the couple celebrated Meghan’s 36th birthday in Africa and were photographed walking together from a plane.
The couple announced their engagement on November 27, 2017, followed by a visit to Nottingham. According to media reports, Harry wanted Meghan to show around the UK before their wedding day. The couple also took trips to Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, and Birmingham. In the months leading up to their wedding, the couple carried out their public engagement together as Meghan prepared to become a full-time royal.
The couple got married in a dreamy wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018. High-profile guests attended their wedding along with millions of people from around the world tuned in to see their wedding.
The couple starts a family
As the couple landed in Australia for their first joint royal tour post their marriage, Kensington Palace announced that the couple was expecting their first child. Their first child, Archie, was born on May 6, 2019.
The decision to step back from their Royal roles
In January 2020, the couple announced for the first time to step back from their roles as working royals
"We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become finaPrince Harry and Meghan Markle expecting second childncially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen," the statement released after their spilt from the royal duties said.
The Couple reveal they expecting their second child
Harry and Meghan revealed that they were expecting their second child during this Valentine’s day this year.
“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child," a spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said in a statement.
The final royal split
After a transition out of their working royal roles, the couple confirmed along with a statement from Queen Elizabeth that Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will not return as working royals.
“The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service. The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.