Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are celebrating three years of wedded bliss.
The couple walked down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, in the United Kingdom, together on May 19, 2018, in what was the most-anticipated royal wedding since his older brother, Prince William, married Kate Middleton seven years prior.
Harry and Meghan, who met through a mutual friend in July 2016, dated for almost two years before tying the knot in a lavish ceremony. According to the Evening Standard, the pair’s first date was in a private room at the London restaurant The Dean Street Townhouse. Harry reportedly enjoyed a beer while Meghan sipped on a martini.
The couple then enjoyed a whirlwind courtship, which included one odd but exciting date — an incognito trip to the supermarket. “The first time Meghan and I met up for her to come and stay with me, we met up in a supermarket in London, pretending we didn’t know each other, texting each other from the other side of the aisles,” Prince Harry recently revealed on the podcast Armchair Expert. “There’s people looking at me, giving me all these weird looks, and coming up to me and saying ‘hi.’”
The pair played it coy during the following months until Meghan finally opened up to Vanity Fair about her relationship with Harry. “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,” she said in the October 2017 issue. “This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.”
Finally, on Nov. 27, 2017, Prince Charles announced his son was engaged. “So, the fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that everything — all the stars — were aligned. Everything was just perfect,” Harry gushed that day. “It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.”
The couple walked down the aisle in the spring of 2018 and said their vows in front of 2,000 attendees while the rest of the world watched on television.
That October, Kensington Palace announced the newlyweds were expecting their first child, and Harry and Meghan welcomed their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6, 2019.
At the beginning of last year, the parents began the process of slowly stepping away from their duties with the royal family, and they completed their final royal engagements in March 2020.
As if their life couldn’t get any fuller, Harry and Meghan are expecting their second child, and since last summer, the two have been living as a happy family in Montecito, California, where they count other celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and Ariana Grande, as their neighbours.