The couple met in May 2016 in Meghan’s hometown of Toronto. Harry was there promoting the 2016 Invictus Games, meeting the 36-year-old actress through friends.
In November, Harry was forced to issue a statement confirming that the ‘Suits’ star was his girlfriend and telling the media to back off. Meghan along with her family and friends had been hounded by the press since the dating rumours began.
Shortly after, Meghan is reported to have met Prince Charles as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Kate was said to be “thrilled” with Harry’s choice and vowed to help Meghan enter one of the most unique families on earth.
The couple were first spotted in public together in London. According to local salespeople, Harry and Meghan visited a Christmas tree stall in Battersea Park, walking away with a six-foot Nordmann Fir.
As with most royal couples, things remained quiet for the next few months. In April 2017, Meghan shuttered her lifestyle blog, The Tig, prompting rumours that she was preparing for real royal life. She also stopped posting on Instagram around the same time.
In May, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton married James Matthews. Plenty of royals were in attendance including Prince Harry. Although Meghan didn’t show up to the ceremony, a source said she was at the evening reception wearing a maroon backless dress. Unfortunately, no pictures were taken.
In late August, Prince Harry took Meghan away to the Meno a Kwena safari lodge in Botswana for a three-week romantic stay. The royal has visited the camp several times over the years.
Meno a Kwena
Outrage ensued when Meghan appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, opening up about her royal relationship for the very first time. “We’re a couple. We’re in love. I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us,” she was quoted as saying.
Both Harry and Meghan were in attendance at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games. But royal fans were disappointed to see the couple sitting apart. Protocol dictated that as an unofficial member of the royal family, Meghan couldn’t sit in the VIP section with Harry left to sit next to First Lady Melania Trump instead.
The wait was over. Meghan and Harry finally made their first appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto. Aptly wearing a shirt called ‘The Husband’, the actress was pictured smiling and laughing next to her royal partner.
The couple were spotted leaving the match hand in hand with no care in the world about showing a little PDA.
Harry and Meghan made another appearance at the Invictus Games alongside Meghan’s mum, Doria. The trio sat in the royal box at the closing ceremony with Harry giving his girlfriend a kiss on the cheek.
After removal vans were spotted outside Meghan’s Toronto home we knew an announcement was looming ... Now the couple have announced their long awaited engagement with Kensington Palace saying that the wedding will take place in spring 2018. Congrats!