It seems like just yesterday we were surprised and delighted to learn Prince Harry was dating Hollywood actress Meghan Markle — but we’ve actually been fixating on their relationship for a year and a half now. Before their love story culminates in a lavish royal wedding on Saturday, May 19, we’re reliving every milestone of their romance. Scroll down to see a complete timeline of Harry and Meghan’s relationship!
July 2016: Harry and Meghan meet on a blind date arranged by a friend. “I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her,” Harry later told BBC News. “I was like, I’m really going to have to up my game here.”
Oct. 31, 2016: Reports of the couple’s relationship make headlines as a close friend of the prince tells People the duo have been dating for “a couple of months.” Meanwhile, a source told the Sunday Express, “The romance is in its early stages, but it’s no exaggeration to say he’s besotted with her.”
Nov. 8, 2016: Kensington Palace issues a press release confirming Meghan is Harry’s girlfriend. The Palace also called out the media’s “abuse and harassment” of the Suits actress — especially the racial undertones of the bullying — saying, “It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”
Dec. 15, 2016: The world sees the first photos of Harry and Meghan together. They stepped out in London — reportedly to see a West End play — and had donned beanies in an apparent attempt to go incognito.
Jan. 16, 2017: Meghan reportedly meets Kate Middleton for the first time, with Harry there to make introductions.
March 2, 2017: The couple attends the wedding of Harry’s friend Tom Inskip in Jamaica. Photographers snap pics of Harry and Meghan heading to the wedding reception.
April 7, 2017: Meghan shutters her lifestyle website, The Tig. “After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it’s time to say goodbye to The Tig,” she wrote at the time. “What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun, and frivolity. You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy.”
May 8, 2017: Meghan watches the Audi Polo Challenge in Ascot, England, and she is seen applauding her beau from the royal box.
June 11, 2017: Harry and Meghan celebrate the wedding of Pippa Middleton to James Matthews.
Aug. 4, 2017: The duo takes a romantic vacation to Africa for Meghan’s birthday, and British bookmakers stop taking bets on whether or not they’ll get engaged — it seems like a foregone conclusion.
Sept. 5, 2017: Meghan finally opens up about her relationship with Harry in the pages of Vanity Fair. “At the end of the day, I think it’s really simple,” she told the mag. “We are two people who are really happy.”
Sept. 25, 2017: Harry and Meghan make their official public debut, holding hands as they arrive at the Toronto Invictus Games.
Nov. 27, 2017: Engaged! Harry and Meghan announce they are to be wed, and they release official engagement portraits from a photo shoot at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Gardens. Meanwhile, the bride-to-be quits Suits and moves to the United Kingdom.
Nov. 28, 2017: Kensington Palace announces the timeframe for the wedding, stating, “The marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May 2018.”
Dec. 15, 2017: The Palace gets a bit more specific about the wedding date, saying the royal couple will tie the knot on May 19.
Dec. 20, 2017: Meghan joins her fiancé at the royal family‘s pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. Princess Michael of Kent, the wife of a cousin of Queen Elizabeth, sparks a racism scandal by wearing a blackamoor brooch for the occasion.
Dec. 25, 2017: Meghan celebrates Christmas Day with the entire royal family at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England.
Feb. 1, 2018: In Meghan’s first official evening appearance with Harry, the couple attends the Endeavor Fund Awards in London.
Feb. 13, 2018: Harry and Meghan break royal tradition by walking hand-in-hand on a joint engagement: a tour of Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Feb. 28, 2018: Meghan makes her first joint appearance with future in-laws Prince William and Kate Middleton for the first Royal Foundation Forum. Two weeks later, she and Harry join up with William and Kate again at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
May 19, 2018: Meghan and Harry will marry at 12 p.m. GMT (7 a.m. ET) at St. George’s Chapel in front of about 600 well-wishers.
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