The Royal Wedding: Prince Henry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile at each other outside

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seem to make the perfect couple. He was Britain’s most eligible bachelor and she is a rising American starlet. Their romance is splashed across tabloids and the world itself, yet they stay humble and make it work. The wedding is just days away, so let’s take a look back at this couple’s journey to the altar.

The Beginning of a Royal Relationship

Meghan and Prince Harry have never revealed the exact date when they met, but friends claim it was through mutual friends in July 2016. Rumors began popping up about the couple in October 2016, leading many to wonder about this new woman in his life. Harry’s checkered past with different girlfriends lead many to think she was just another random mate. This new girl in his life, Meghan Markle, was a famous actress on the show, Suits. Tabloids began digging up dirt on her, finding out she came from porced parents and is was porced once herself. It seemed Harry didn’t care about her past as she quickly became much more than a random girl.

In November of 2016 Prince Harry issued a formal appeal to the media for Meghan. He explained she was being harassed and needed her privacy. He acknowledged that the world wanted to know his every move in his personal life, but they must respect Meghan’s privacy. Kensington Palace went public with a statement labeling Meghan as Harry’s girlfriend. The two couldn’t keep out of view of the cameras because of their status, but they remained tight lipped on their actual relationship. They stepped out together on numerous dates in London, and Harry also visited Meghan in Toronto at her home, meaning the two didn’t mind a little jet lag for their romance.

Getting Serious

Though the cameras seemed to be wherever they were to catch a photo, Prince Harry and Meghan weren’t ones to kiss and tell. The world could sit around and wonder if they were truly in love if they wanted, but these two wouldn’t talk openly for a while. They attended their first public event together in May 2017 at the Coworth Park Polo Club in Ascot, England. Then they were officially dates at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews.

The Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada seemed to be the turning point where everyone knew something was special. They actually showed affection by holding hands at a wheelchair tennis event with Meghan’s mother. Since most royals aren’t known for displays of affection when dating, the public knew this meant they were serious and Harry was officially off the market. Meghan finally broke her silence to Vanity Fair magazine referring to Harry as her boyfriend. She explained they were in love, but weren’t ready to talk about the details of their love life. The royals are often private people, though the public would love to hear every detail.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share a moment during their BBC engagement interview

The Engagement

In little to no time relationship rumors spun into engagement rumors. Meghan quit her acting job on Suits and made the official move to London. On November 27, 2017 the official statement that the two lovebirds were engaged hit the world by storm. After the announcement, the couple did their first official interview together on BBC, opening up about their love. The world seemed to be divided on Harry’s choice. On one hand, it’s a true princess story where an everyday girl becomes royalty. On the other, people questioned Meghan’s estranged relationship with some in her family and wondered if she was classy enough for royalty.

One of the biggest questions about her came from being a divorcee. The world saw Prince William marry a seemingly perfect Kate Middleton so they expected the same. People seemed to judge her every move from her clothes to her words. However, no matter which side one was on, Meghan continually won hearts over with her charm and smile. Prince Harry was always one to color outside the lines and make royalty seem human. Why would he do any different in marriage?

The Royal Wedding

The most anticipated wedding of the year will happen on May 19, 2018 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Six hundred guests are said to be invited to the fairy tale wedding. Six hundred guests are said to be invited to the fairy tale wedding. Recent reports say Meghan’s father, Thomas will not be attending the royal wedding. He was set to walk her down the aisle, but suffered a heart attack last week. He checked out of the hospital, but will not be able to attend the actual ceremony.

Meghan does not have a maid of honor; however, Prince William is Harry’s best man. It is likely William’s two oldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be in the wedding party. Another big question people have is about the public kiss. British royal weddings hold a tradition of kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for all the world to see. The wedding will be held at Windsor so this is simply not possible. As usual with Prince Harry, he could quite likely start a new tradition.

Little girls (and big girls) everywhere have watched this couple with stars in their eyes. Prince Harry, the playboy, the bachelor, is tamed by a sweet American girl. Worlds apart, yet perfectly close in heart, these two found one another and created a destiny for themselves.

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