Prince Harry and Meghan Merkel first met a mutual friend named Misha Nonu at Soho House in London in 2016 and quickly fell in love.
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The whirlwind romance that saw Prince Harry cross the pond to California has long fascinated the public and brought together the two most talked about organizations in the world – the royal family and Hollywood.
Considered a wild child, the Duke of Sussex has dedicated his life to the cause of humanity and his widely acclaimed Invictus game.
His wife Megan Merkel seems to have found a kinship between Harry and before he met her he was heavily involved in women’s issues such as food promotion, the cause of pure water and the stigma of menstruation in India.
Four years after their marriage, the couple now have two children together, Archie and Lillibet, and live near Santa Barbara, California.
After repeated media allegations and clashes with family members following the Duke and Duchess’s decision to step down in 2020, the couple agreed not to use the “Royal Highness” style. From strangers to Sussex, here is a complete timeline of their relationship.
Timeline of Harry and Megan’s relationship
The pair were spotted on a blind date in early July at Soho House in London by mutual friend and fashion designer Misha Nonu.
“We met for a drink,” Merkel said, “and I think very quickly we said, ‘Well, what are we going to do tomorrow? We should meet again.’
From there things quickly moved on, with Harry inviting Meghan on a tour of Africa a few weeks later.
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The prince said: “I persuaded him to come to my place in Botswana and we camped together under the stars,” he said, describing the hurricane romance. “We were really alone then, which was very important for me to get to know each other.”
In October, privacy was revealed and reports surfaced claiming that Prince Harry was secretly dating the suit star. A month later, Yuvraj issued a statement urging the media to respect his girlfriend’s privacy, noting that he was “concerned for Mrs. Merkel’s safety and deeply disappointed that he was unable to protect her.”
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The couple was then spotted picking a Christmas tree at Battersea Park in London.
To ring the New Year, Harry and Meghan went to see the Northern Lights in Norway and were reportedly in Tromsো. Later that month, Meghan met Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte.
In May, the prince and actress attended their first public event as a couple and the kiss was filmed at the annual Audi Polo Challenge in Ascot, England. In September, Prince Harry hosted a secret performance between his girlfriend and the Queen while the couple visited Scotland.
When rumors of a royal engagement surfaced in November, Merkel left the suit on Hit Streak six years later. Just days later, Kensington Palace confirmed that “His Royal Highness and Mrs. Merkel have been appointed in London earlier this month.”
Millions of people turned out to see Meghan and Harry say “I do” at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, witnessing one of the most anticipated weddings in the world.
It was announced in October that the couple was expecting their first child, and Kensington Palace confirmed: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting a child in the spring of 2019.”
The next day, the pair flew on their first official tour, touring Australia, Fiji, the state of Tonga and New Zealand to match the Invictus Games in Sydney.
Meghan bathed her baby in February in a penthouse suite at the Mark Hotel in New York – America’s most expensive hotel room – hosted by friend Serena Williams and paid for.
In May, Meghan and Harry welcome their first child, Archie Harrison, to Mountbatten-Windsor, just days before their first wedding anniversary.
In the first month of 2020, Meghan and Harry announced that they were resigning as senior members of the royal family and wanted to be financially independent from the royal treasury.
After living in Tyler Perry’s Beverly Hills Palace, the couple officially moved to California in July and bought a house in Montesito, near Santa Barbara, 100 miles north of Los Angeles.
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In September, Sussex finally became independent after paying the rest of the cost of renovating their Frogmore cottage in Windsor.
In November, Meghan opened up about her abortion in July. The goal of her heartbreaking article was to break the ban on abortion and its psychological impact on mothers.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced that they are expecting their second child on Valentine’s Day in February. In a post, they said, “We can be sure Archie is going to be the big brother.”
Four months later, Lilliputian Diana Mountbatten-Windsor reached a weight of 7 pounds, 11 ounces. According to an official announcement, “Lily is named after her great-grandfather, His Majesty the Queen, whose family nickname is Lillibet.”