The royal wedding is only a few hours away and the anticipated ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has captivated the world. While Meghan hails from Hollywood, it is quite a mystery as to how she caught the eye of the royal family. It all started with a blind date and soon the world is about to witness their nuptials. Here’s a timeline of the events around their relationship leading up to this day.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. In an interview with the BBC, Meghan recalls, “I didn’t know much about him, and so the only thing that I had asked her when she said that she wanted to set us up, was, I had one question. I said, ‘well is he nice?’”. The couple went out on two more dates the same month when later Harry invited Markle on a trip to Botswana.
31st October 2016
After dating for a couple of months, the couple kept things low key until their romance hit the headlines when an anonymous source told the British tabloid Sunday Express about Harry’s new girlfriend.
8th November 2016
Finally the news was out and Prince Harry confirmed Meghan to be his girlfriend and condemned press coverage of her stating he fears for her safety and that the media had crossed the line by using “racial undertones” in their stories. The statement triggered memories of his mother Princess Diana, who had died in a car crash while being pursued by press photographers.
6th September 2017
Vanity Fair magazine had Meghan Markle open up about her relationship with the prince in their cover story. She said, “At the end of the day I think it is really simple. We’re two people who are really happy.”
25th September 2017
It was during a wheelchair tennis competition at the Invictus Games in Toronto, when Harry and Meghan were photographed together for the first time holding hands.
Meghan Markle who was well known for her role in ‘Suits’ declared that she was quitting her acting role in the U.S. and moving to England.
27th November 2017
The official announcement sworn in and the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was fixed. The couple appeared for photographers on the grounds of Kensington Palace, and Harry said he was “over the moon.”
9th January 2018
Meghan Markle had shut down her social media accounts following the footsteps of all the royals as per tradition. The news was confirmed by Kensington Palace that she had closed her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
12th March 2018
Meghan made her first public appearance with Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals at the Commonwealth Day service at London’s Westminster Abby.
25th April 2018
Markle appeared for the last time in the U.S. television series ‘Suits’ and bid farewell with an on-screen wedding during the season-seven finale.
19th May 2018
The couple will exchange vows at Windsor Castle amidst their family and friends, vowing to be with each for the rest of their lives.