A look back at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship four years on – from ‘Megxit’ to babies

It’s been almost four years since Prince Harry and his American actress love Meghan Markle tied the knot in a fairytale wedding at Windsor Castle in 2018, after dating for almost two years.

Those subsequent years have been anything but unventful, with the birth of two children, ‘Megxit’, and a transatlantic move to the US.

As Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, prepare to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary on May 19, OK! Takes a look back at Harry and Meghan’s relationship since they got married.

Let’s take a look…

‘I do’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their way to their wedding reception in 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their way to their wedding reception in 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan married in a lavish and star-studded ceremony in Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018, which was watched by nearly 2 billion people across the globe.

They became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, titles bestowed on them by The Queen after their marriage.

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A then 36 year old Meghan dazzled in a simple white dress designed by fashion house Givenchy and, on her head, she wore Queen Mary’s bandeau tiara, a royal family heirloom on loan from Her Majesty the Queen.

Following the ceremony, Harry and Meghan arrived to their evening reception, which was attended by the likes of George Clooney and Elton John, in a blue electronic Jaguar.

Meghan wore a white silk halter neck dress designed by Stella McCartney.

The couple set up home in Frogmore Cottage, which was given to them by The Queen.

The birth of Archie

Meghan Markle gave birth to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in May 2019

Meghan gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son, named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6, 2019.

The couple initially kept Archie’s birth a secret, announcing at 2pm that Meghan had gone into labor, when in fact, Meghan had actually given birth at 5.26am that morning, and the new family were all safe at home when the announcement was made.

Royal Tours

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their final royal tour in Africa in 2019

After their marriage, Harry and Meghan went on a number of royal tours, including Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand in 2018, and then Africa in 2019, on which their then five-month old son Archie accompanied them.

It was in Africa that Meghan famously told journalist Tom Bradby: “Not many people have asked if I’m okay.”

A “break from royal duties” in Canada

Prince Harry pictured with his son, Archie, in Canada
Prince Harry pictured with his son, Archie, in Canada

After their tour of Africa in October 2019, the couple took a six-week break from royal duties to “spend the holidays with Meghan’s mother” in Canada, where they stayed in a sprawling mansion on Vancouver Island.

A number of publications reported that the couple were planning on “splitting their time” between the UK and Canada, although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn’t confirm this until January 2020.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Royal Exit: ‘Megxit’

The Duke and Duchess picture with The Queen when they were working royals
The Duke and Duchess picture with The Queen when they were working royals

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent shockwaves around the world after announcing in January 2020 that they were stepping away from official royal duties, in what would come to be known as ‘Megxit’.

In a statement, they said: “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,

“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honor our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.

That same month, The Queen released a statement which said: “The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.

They have stepped away officially in March 2020.

Charity work

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry set up a non-profitable organization named Archewell

Following their departure as ‘senior royals’, Harry and Meghan set up Archewell, a nonprofit organization that, in their words, “puts compassion into action; uplifting and uniting communities, locally and globally; online and offline”.

It includes the Archewell Foundation, Archewell Audio and Archewell Productions.

That Oprah Interview

The world was stunned by Meghan's version of events
The world was stunned by Meghan’s version of events

Harry and Meghan again sent shockwaves around the world when they sat down with US TV host Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all interview about their time with the Royal Family, in March 2021.

They dropped a number of bombshells in the interview, revealing that Meghan once felt “suicidal”, and accused an unnamed member of the royal family of being racist after comments were allegedly made about “how dark Archie’s [their son] skin might be” when he was born.

Prince Harry’s lawsuit

The Duke of Sussex launched a High Court lawsuit against the publisher of the Daily Mail, Associated Newspapers Limited, court filings show.

The 37 year old royal is said to have made a libel action against the company Wednesday 23 February, according to court filings.

The claim is said to relate to an article published by The Mail On Sunday from February 20.

It’s understood the filing relates to a report on the Duke of Sussex’s security issues in the UK, relating to the litigation with the Home Office to allow him to pay for his own personal protection for him and his family.

What are Harry and Meghan doing now?

Harry & Meghan Christmas
Harry and Meghan have shared a Christmas card which features the first photo of their daughter Lilibet

Harry and Meghan now reside in a $14million mansion in Montecito, California, which they purchased in 2020.

That same year, they signed a multi-million dollar deal with Netflix to produce documentaries, docuseries, feature films, scripted television shows, and children’s programming.

Meghan gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Lilibet Diana, after The Queen and Princess Diana, on June 4, 2021.

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