Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced they will be stepping back as senior royals – after a whirlwind two years in the public eye.
The Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 38, who made their first ever appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto on 25 September 2017, have squeezed in endless memorable moments in the time that has followed.
Among their jam-packed schedule includes their official engagement announcement in November 2017, and the multi-cultural and US-influenced wedding that followed at Windsor Castle, on May 2018.
Other highlights since their big day include Meghan’s lavish baby shower trip to New York, which is thought to have cost more than $500,000 (£380,000), Archie’s birth on 6 May 2019, and their 10-day tour of Africa as a family late last year.
Here, FEMAIL looks back at Prince Harry and Meghan’s relationship timeline.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watched Wheelchair Tennis at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada on 25 September 2017 – in what marked their first public appearance together
The Duke and and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son (Name later announced as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor), who was born on May 6 2019 during a photocall in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire
FIRST PUBLIC EVENT, 25 September 2017
Hand in hand, Prince Harry proudly brought his then-girlfriend Meghan Markle to a highly public tennis match on 25 September 2017 at the Invictus Games in Toronto – marking their first official appearance together as a couple.
The Suits star made an intriguing outfit choice, sporting a a £221 (retailing for $185 in the States) white shirt named The Husband, designed by her friend Misha Nonoo whose former spouse went to Eton with William and Harry, along with sunglasses and ripped blue jeans.
Their appearance was seen as a sign that an engagement was on the cards for the couple, and within hours of them stepping out together bookies Ladbrokes suspended betting on an engagement announcement.
The love birds arrived, fingers entwined, to the Invictus Games semi-final, in full view of members of the public and photographers.
The couple put on a show of togetherness with Harry leaning close to chat to his then-girlfriend during proceedings on 25 September 2017
ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT, 27 November 2017
Prince Harry told how he was ‘thrilled’ to be marrying Meghan Markle and admitted he knew the Suits star was ‘the one’ from ‘the first day we met’.
Meghan also showed the world her engagement ring designed by Harry himself containing two diamonds from Princess Diana‘s own personal collection set in a gold band.
Harry looked nervous but happy as they made their first public appearance since the announcement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, much loved by his late mother Princess Diana.
A timeline of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s relationship:
October 30 2016 – News breaks that Prince Harry is dating star of US legal drama Suits, Meghan Markle.
November 8 2016 – Protective Harry attacks the media over its “abuse and harassment” of his girlfriend.
December 13 2016 – Harry and Meghan are spotted buying a Christmas tree together in Battersea Park.
January 6 2017 – Harry whisks Meghan off on a romantic break to see the Northern Lights in Norway.
February 2 2017 – The pair are spotted holding hands on a date night in London amid claims Meghan has “virtually moved in” with Harry at Kensington Palace.
March 4 2017 – They attend the wedding of one of Harry’s best friends Tom Inskip in Jamaica, sparking more predictions Harry is about to propose.
April 7 2017 – Meghan announces she is ending her lifestyle blog thetig.com which is taken as a sign she is preparing for life as a royal.
May 7 2017 – They are photographed kissing in public for the first time at Cowarth Park polo club in Ascot, Berkshire.
May 20 2017 – Meghan joins Harry at Pippa Middleton’s wedding reception but stays away from the church service.
September 5 2017 – The actress graces the cover of US magazine Vanity Fair and speaks openly about Harry for the first time, revealing: “We’re two people who are really happy and in love.”
September 24 2017 – Meghan makes her first appearance at an official engagement attended by Harry when she attends the Invictus Games opening ceremony in Toronto, Canada – although the pair sit about 18 seats apart.
September 25 2017 – Hand in hand and beaming with delight, Harry and Meghan make their first official public appearance together at Invictus’s wheelchair tennis.
September 30 2017 – The prince is seen kissing his girlfriend on the lips inside a darkened VIP box at the Invictus closing ceremony.
The pair were joined by Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.
October 19 2017 – It emerges that Harry has taken the Suits star to meet his grandmother the Queen, whose permission they need to marry.
November 21 2017 – Meghan is spotted in London, getting a facial – prompting speculation she is preparing for an engagement announcement.
November 27 2017 – Clarence House announces the engagement.
Harry and Meghan pose for pictures at Kensington Palace, and record a television interview.
They reveal how Harry proposed over a roast chicken during a cosy night in.
November 28 2017 – The wedding venue – St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle – is confirmed. Aides reveal Meghan intends to become a British citizen and will be baptised and confirmed ahead of the ceremony.
December 1 2017 – Harry and Meghan carry out their first joint engagement in Nottingham as the actress takes to the royal role with ease.
December 15 2017 – The wedding date is announced as May 19 2018.
December 20 2017 – Meghan joins Harry at the Queen’s traditional pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace.
December 21 2017 – The couple’s romantic engagement photos by celebrity photographer Alexi Lubomirski are released.
December 25 2017 – Meghan celebrates Christmas with the royals, joining them at church in Sandringham on Christmas Day – a first for a royal fiancee.
December 27 2017 – Harry guest-edits BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, and says Meghan had a fantastic Christmas with the royals, adding: “It’s the family I suppose that she’s never had.”
December 31 2017 – The couple fly to France to spend New Year together in the French Riviera.
January 9 2018 – The couple visit youth-orientated radio station Reprezent FM in Brixton, south London. Meghan shuts down her dormant social media accounts.
January 18 – On an away day to Cardiff, Harry and Meghan wow the crowds, visit Cardiff Castle, are given love spoons, and play Jenga in a community centre.
January 25 – Harry heads to Botswana on a solo private fact-finding mission to learn about the latest developments in wildlife conservation.
February 1 – Meghan attends her first official evening engagement with Harry at the Endeavour Fund awards.
February 13 – Meghan wears tartan for her first official visit to Scotland on a series of engagements with Harry in Edinburgh.
February 22 – Police investigate white powder and racist material sent to St James’s Palace.
February 28 – The couple take part in their first joint engagement with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a Royal Foundation forum. Meghan shows her support for the £MeToo and Time’s Up Campaigns during an on-stage Q&A.
March 6 – Meghan is baptised and confirmed into the Anglican faith during a secret ceremony led by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Chapel Royal.
March 8 – Harry and Meghan carry out engagements in Birmingham on International Women’s Day.
March 12 – Meghan attends her first official engagement with the Queen when she joins senior royals at the Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey. She sings the national anthem and tells schoolchildren she is “very very excited” about her wedding.
March 23 – On a trip to Belfast, Meghan jokes when shown baby products “I’m sure at some point we’ll need the whole (lot)”.
March 29 – Meghan reportedly heads back to the US to see her mother Doria for Easter and to talk wedding plans.
April 6 – Harry and Meghan meet Invictus hopefuls trying out for the UK team at Bath University.
April 11 – US ambassador Robert Wood Johnson describes the wedding as a symbol of the special relationship between Britain and America, and Harry launches the Walk of America expedition.
April 16 – Harry is made a Commonwealth Youth ambassador by the Queen and says Meghan is hugely excited to be working with him on his Commonwealth duties.
April 19 – Meghan supports LGBT issues saying it is about “human rights” as she attends a Youth Forum reception with Harry as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting
April 20 – The pair join Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at a Women’s Empowerment reception, in support of a pledge to offer the world’s poorest girls schooling.
April 23 – William and Kate’s baby son Prince Louis is born. Harry and Meghan attend a memorial service celebrating the life and legacy of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, 25 years after his death.
April 25 – Harry and Meghan attend a dawn service, and a ceremony in Westminster Abbey to mark Anzac Day.
May 14 – Meghan’s father Thomas Markle looks set to miss the wedding amid reports he staged photos for the paparazzi and suffered a heart attack. Meghan appeals for “understanding and respect” for her father.
May 17 – Meghan confirms her father will not be attending her wedding, saying he needs to focus on his health.
May 18 – Bride-to-be Meghan says she is feeling “wonderful” as she arrives with her mother Doria at Cliveden House Hotel the night before the wedding.
May 19 – Harry and Meghan marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
May 22 – The newlyweds carry out their first official engagement as a married couple, attending a Buckingham Palace garden party in honour of the Prince of Wales’s patronages in his 70th birthday year.
June 9 – The Duchess of Sussex takes her place on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the first time during the Trooping the Colour celebrations.
June 11 – Kensington Palace announce that the duke and duchess will make an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand in the autumn.
June 14 – Meghan undertakes her first joint engagement with the Queen on a day trip to Cheshire, and body language experts say the pair got on famously.
June 16 – The couple are guests at the wedding of Harry’s cousin Celia McCorquodale.
June 18 – Thomas Markle says he expects his daughter and Harry will try for children soon, and that Meghan has wanted a child for a long time.
June 19 – Harry and Meghan join the carriage procession and present a trophy at Royal Ascot, where winning jockey Frankie Dettori takes the chance to kiss the duchess on the hand.
June 26 – Harry and Meghan join the Queen at the Young Leaders awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
June 30 & July 1 – Meghan watches Harry play polo at Coworth Park, Ascot.
July 5 – The couple attend the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception at Marlborough House in London with Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland QC.
July 9 – Meghan and Harry join the Cambridges for Prince Louis’s christening at the Chapel Royal.
July 10 – The royals mark the centenary of the RAF, attending a service at Westminster Abbey, a presentation of a new Queen’s Colour on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, and a flypast.
July 10-11 – The pair pay an official visit to Dublin, and carry out engagements at Croke Park and the Famine Memorial.
July 17 – The couple visit the Nelson Mandela centenary exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London.
July 26 – The duchess watches the duke play polo in the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Windsor, and the couple share a kiss at the trophy presentation.
August 4 – Meghan spends her 37th birthday at the wedding of Harry’s friend Charlie van Straubenzee.
August 16 – The pair holiday with George and Amal Clooney in Lake Como in Italy.
August 29 – Harry and Meghan watch a gala performance of the musical Hamilton, in support of Sentebale.
September 4 – The couple attend the annual WellChild Awards – a cause close to Harry’s heart. Meghan gives a rose to one of the winners Matilda Booth, and the seven-year-old makes Harry a ‘pinky promise’ that she will never stop smiling.
September 6 – The duke and duchess attend the 100 Days to Peace gala marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.
October 12 – Harry and Meghan return to St George’s Chapel for Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank just five months after they pledged their love for one another in the same Windsor Castle venue.
October 15 – The duke and duchess touch down in Australia ahead of their first royal tour as a married couple.
October 15 – The duke and duchess are “very pleased” that Meghan is expecting a baby in the spring of 2019, Kensington Palace announces.
February 2019 – Meghan makes a surprise trip to New York where she enjoys a two-day baby shower with close friends including Serena Williams and Amal Clooney.
March 14 – Rumours of a rift between Harry and William emerge after the Sussex’s split from Kensington Palace to form their own royal household.
April 4 – The couple move into Frogmore Cottage following taxpayer-funded renovations that reportedly cost around £2.4 million.
May 6 – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is born at the Portland Hospital in London after Meghan goes into labour in the early hours of the morning. It is a break from tradition with previous royals, including the Duchess of Cambridge, who have previously visited the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London to give birth.
May 8 – The duke and duchess present baby Archie to the world at a press briefing at St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle. The couple later reveal they chose not to use the courtesy title Earl Dumbarton, which Archie was allowed to use, nor to style him Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, opting for plain “Master” instead.
June 20 – Harry and Meghan confirm they are splitting from the Royal Foundation charity with William and Kate to start their own initiative, Sussex Royal. It is later revealed it will officially launch in 2020.
July 7 – Archie is christened at an intimate ceremony attended by close family. Royal baptisms are traditionally private but Harry and Meghan went one step further by going against convention and deciding not to announce Archie’s godparents, with the couple facing criticism from some quarters.
July 28 – It is announced Meghan is guest editing the September issue of British Vogue and she chooses to put the faces of 15 “changemakers” – including activists, politicians and artists – on the cover rather than herself. Prince Harry also interviewed anthropologist Dr Jane Goodall and tells her he will only have two children for the sake of the planet.
August 2019 – The couple are heavily criticised in the press for using private jets to go on holiday with Archie to the south of France. In September, Harry defends the use of the transport and claims it was to “ensure their safety”.
September 23 – Harry and Meghan take Archie on a two-week Royal Tour of South Africa, while the duke also visits Botswana, Malawi and Angola alone. In Angola, Harry visits a minefield where his mother was pictured walking through 22 years previously while on charity work to call for an end to landmines.
October 1 – Prince Harry issues a statement criticising the press for its coverage of his wife. At the same time the Sussex’s release a statement confirming they will take legal action against the Mail on Sunday and parent company Associated Newspapers for the “intrusive and unlawful” publication of one of her private letters.
October 21 – Meghan reveals her struggles with royal life in an ITV documentary filmed during the duke and duchess’s trip to Africa and says “It’s not enough to just survive something… You’ve got to thrive.” In the same programme, Harry reveals he and brother William are on “different paths”.
November 14 – The duke and duchess confirm they will not spend Christmas at Sandringham with the Royal Family. It is later announced they are taking a six-week break and they spend the holidays in Canada.
January 7, 2020 – Harry and Meghan return from their break and visit Canada House in London to thank the country’s High Commissioner for the hospitality they received.
January 8 – The duke and duchess announce in a statement released by Buckingham Palace they are stepping back as “senior” members of the Royal Family and are “working to become financially independent”. They also reveal they will split their time between the UK and North America.
His fiancee stroked his arm lovingly as they spoke to reporters, who asked him: ‘When did you know she was the one?’ and he replied: ‘From the very first time we met’.
He refused to say how he proposed saying: ‘That will come later’ but when asked if it was romantic he said: ‘Of course it was’ – but the couple didn’t kiss for the cameras.
The prince said he was ‘thrilled, over the moon’ adding: ‘Very glad it’s not raining as well.’ Meghan said she was ‘so happy, thank you’ before they wandered back into Kensington Palace beaming.
On November 27, 2017, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared in public for the first time following their engagement announcement as they posed for photographs in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London
The prince said he was ‘thrilled, over the moon’ adding: ‘Very glad it’s not raining as well’ and both were full of smiles as they posed at Kensington Palace
Meghan’s engagement ring’s two outer diamonds are from Diana’s own collection with a central diamond from Botswana – where they went on safari in September – all set within a gold band
THE ROYAL WEDDING, 19 May 2018
Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in a multi-cultural and US-influenced wedding at Windsor Castle on 19 May, 2018.
The newlyweds shared tears, laughter and a passionate kiss in front of their hundreds of VIP guests dominated by Hollywood stars including the Clooneys, the Beckhams, Idris Elba, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hardy and James Corden.
Elton John, who sang at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, performed at the lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen in a poignant nod to Harry’s late mother.
All the senior British royals were also there to support the couple including Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Philip, Harry’s best man Prince William and his wife Kate, who brought George and Charlotte but left baby Louis with the nanny.
Meghan became the first mixed-race member of the royal family in an extraordinary journey for a girl born in LA to a white father and African-American mother who fought her way through the tough world of showbusiness to land a plum role in the TV series Suits.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walked down the steps of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, following their wedding on May 19, 2018
FIRST OUTING AS THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX, 22 May 2018
Meghan Markle made her first outing as the Duchess of Sussex on 22 May 2018 as the newlyweds arrived at Prince Charles’s 70th birthday party at Buckingham Palace.
The Duchess of Sussex was given a warm welcome into the family, with Prince Harry explicitly referring to the garden party as a ‘family celebration’ during his speech.
Harry and Meghan enjoyed only a brief private getaway following their wedding, and delayed their full honeymoon to honour the Prince.
But their newlywed energy was on full display as she rubbed her hand up and down her husband’s back as they made their way out.
The Duke and Duchess attended the Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration at Buckingham Palace in London on 22 May 2018, which was their first official engagement following their wedding
PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT AND FIRST ROYAL TOUR, October 2018
Meghan and Harry announced they were expecting in a statement via Kensington Palace on October 15, 2018.
The statement read: ‘Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public’.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh said they were ‘delighted’ to be welcoming their eighth great-grandchild in a joint statement with Prince Charles, who became a grandfather for the fourth time when Baby Sussex was born.
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland said she was ‘very happy about this lovely news’ and ‘looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild’.
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were told in person at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle two days prior.
The baby news was released in a statement by Kensington Palace saying the baby was due in Spring 2019
Harry and Meghan attended the wedding of his cousin Princess Eugenie in Windsor on 12 October 2018 (pictured) – where they told the Queen and the royal family they were expecting and she was wearing a wide fitting coat
Rumours were rife that Meghan may be pregnant after her mother Doria Ragland was seen taking baby-care classes in Pasadena with a view to looking after her new grandchild.
The news came as the couple were seen beaming as they touched down in Sydney to start their three-week tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga – their first major international trip since they married in May.
They were later photographed holding hands in the grounds of Admiralty House, where the Queen stays Down Under, when their happy news was announced to the world.
Their 16-day tour of Australasia included a trip to Fiji and Tonga despite advice that pregnant women should not travel to the region because of its moderate Zika risk.
LAVISH BABY SHOWER, February 2019
At seven-months-pregnant, the Duchess of Sussex celebrated the impending arrival of her first child Archie with a lavish baby shower trip to New York, which is thought to have cost more than $500,000 (£380,000).
Meghan’s pricey – but privately-funded – party, which took place in a $75,000-a-night penthouse, included a flower arranging class for guests, using a variety of blooms from Upper East Side florist Lady Fleur.
Guests at the lavish baby shower left the intimate gathering with high-end gift bags filled with luxe leather tote bags filled with the royal’s favourite products.
According to People, Serena Williams, Amal Clooney, and Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney were among the attendees who were gifted Cuyana leather totes that were filled to the brim with products, much like Oscars swag bags.
Meghan Markle celebrated the impending arrival of her first child Archie with a lavish baby shower trip to New York in February 2019
The Duchess of Sussex celebrated the impending arrival of the royal baby with a spectacular baby shower in New York, costing an estimated $500,000 (£380,000) in total
ARCHIE’S BIRTH, 6 May 2019
Prince Harry revealed his delight at baby Archie’s arrival during a TV statement in which he heaped praise on his ‘incredible’ wife.
The Duke of Sussex announced that Meghan had given birth at 5.26am to a boy weighing 7lbs 3oz, having been more than a week overdue.
Prince Harry gushed that the ‘little thing is absolutely to-die-for’ as he announced the news on after Meghan went into labour in the early hours.
Speaking from Windsor at the time, a visibly-excited Prince Harry shared his immense pride as he joked of getting just two hours’ sleep the night before, before calling the birth ‘the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined’.
In a statement shortly after the birth was announced, Buckingham Palace said Meghan and her baby were ‘both doing well’, and that the Queen and other members of the royal family were ‘delighted’ with the news.
Meghan is pictured at King’s College, London in March (left) and with Harry at at Buckingham Palace in the same month (right)
Speaking hours after his wife went into labour, an overjoyed Prince Harry (pictured) revealed that his wife had given birth to a healthy baby boy
FIRST PICTURES OF BABY ARCHIE, 8 MAY, 2019
Meghan and Harry made their first public appearance with baby Archie in the grounds of Windsor Castle, two days after he was born.
The move differed from the announcement of royal babies in the past, where new mothers had shown off their newborns on the steps of the hospital where they were born.
The baby boy was lovingly cradled by his adoring father and watched attentively by Meghan, who was herself pictured for the first time in over a month since withdrawing from public life ahead of the birth.
The couple appeared to be beside themselves with joy, giggling and looking into each other’s eyes as they spoke, while Harry could not resist sneaking a peek down at his son as he apparently slept.
Speaking from inside the majestic St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, a radiant Meghan declared: ‘It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. He’s just been the dream so it’s been a special couple of days.
The world was given its first ever glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son on 8 May 2019 as his beaming parents finally showed off their ‘own little bundle of joy’ to millions of royal fans across the globe
Baby Sussex (pictured) made his very first public appearance at a photocall alongside a thrilled Prince Harry and Meghan in the grounds of Windsor Castle
‘I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy. He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm.’
As they both laughed, Harry said: ‘I don’t know who he gets that from.’
Asked who the baby takes after, Meghan said: ‘We’re still trying to figure that out.’
Harry said: ‘Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks we’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month really. But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows.’
Asked how he found parenting, Harry added: ‘It’s great. Parenting is amazing. It’s only been two and a half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.’
Harry said they were looking forward to spending some ‘precious times with him as he slowly, slowly starts to grow up.’
Asked about going to see the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Meghan said: ‘We just bumped into the duke as we were walking by which was so nice. So it’ll be a nice moment to introduce the baby to more family and my mum’s with us as well.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured with their baby son in the majestic setting of St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle today
CHRISTENING: JULY, 2019
Archie Mountbatten Windsor was christened exactly two months after he was born on July 6, last year.
The image, shot against the opulence of Windsor Castle’s Green Drawing Room, was one of warmth and family joy.
Archie did not be take an HRH title at the request of his parents but he did, however, enjoy all the trappings of a Royal christening.
This official christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows the Duke and Duchess with their son, Archie and (left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle
Finally baby Archie’s face is revealed! The stunning snap shows off the adorable royal, with the little boy being held by mother Meghan Markle
He was wearing the cascading ivory Honiton lace and satin gown used for all Royal babies’ baptisms since the reign of Queen Victoria. The one Archie wore is a 2008 copy of the 1841 original, and was handmade by the Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly.
The ceremony was performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, using the silver gilt Lily Font. Commissioned in 1840 by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for the birth of their first child, it is part of the Crown Jewels and had been brought from the Tower of London for the occasion.
The names’ of Archie’s godparents have never been revealed, but Prince Harry’s former nanny Tiggy Legge Bourke was among the 25 guests at the private event, sparking speculation she was godmother.
In the main picture, Archie is flanked by three of his proud grandparents, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland
In a touching tribute to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale were prominent in the official picture.
In the second image, which was black and white, Meghan was seen gazing into Harry’s eyes as the proud father looked down at Archie, while placing a hand on his wife’s arm.
A second shot in black-and-white shows Meghan dressed in white gazing into Harry’s eyes as she cradles baby Archie and her proud husband looks at their baby son. Windsor castle’s Rose Garden can be seen in the background
Prince Harry’s former nanny Tiggy Legge Bourke was among the 25 guests at the private event in Windsor today, sparking speculation she could be one of Archie’s godparents
TOUR OF AFRICA WITH BABY ARCHIE, September 2019
At the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Harry and Meghan visited South Africa, Malawi, Angola and Botswana between September 23 and October 2, 2019.
The royals took baby Archie, who was just four months at the time, along with them on the trip.
During their visit they unveiled three new Queens Commonwealth Canopy projects, protecting forests and planting trees, and worked with the British Government to announce investment of £8m in technology and skills in the region.
The Duke also travelled to Angola to focus on the ongoing mission to rid the world of landmines – following in the footsteps of the work that was pioneered by his mother, Diana.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a statement:
‘After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.
‘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. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.
‘We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.
‘This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.
‘We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.’
But the highlight of the trip was when baby Archie made his first appearance by meeting one of the heroes of the anti-apartheid movement, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The Sussexes released adorable footage of them carrying their four-month-old, with the caption, ‘Arch meets Archie!’.
A video posted to their Instagram account shows the couple beaming as Meghan holds little Archie – who giggles at his mother – as they are greeted by Archbishop Tutu and his daughter, Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe.
Meghan joked with the Archbishop’s daughter Thandeka Tutu Gxashe that the little royal would have to get used the cameras in his life, while Ms Tutu Gxashe joked little Archie was ‘going to be a ladies’ man’.
The veteran Nobel Peace Prize-winning anti-apartheid campaigner – who effectively became the leader of the liberation struggle during Nelson Mandela’s long imprisonment – said he was ‘thrilled by the ‘rare privilege and honour’ to meet the royals.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took Archie on a tour of South Africa, Malawi, Angola and Botswana between September 23 and October 2, 2019. Pictured, during a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town on 29 September 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met a group of dancers at the Nyanga Township in Cape Town, South Africa, on the first day of their tour of Africa on Monday September 23
Meghan met health workers and families during a visit to the mothers2mother charity organisation in Cape Town
THE ITV DOCUMENTARY THAT FOLLOWED, 20 October 2019
In Tom Bradby’s hour-long documentary, ‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’, which followed the royal couple during their official tour of Africa, Prince Harry admitted that he and William are travelling on ‘different paths’ in the first public acceptance of a rift between the brothers.
In a candid interview, the Duke of Sussex acknowledged there had been deepening tensions between himself and William, following months of speculation about the state of the brothers’ relationship.
He made the comments in a TV documentary broadcast where he also attacked the press over the public scrutiny that he and wife Meghan Markle have faced.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal career in numbers
600 days – the time Meghan has spent as a royal since her wedding to Harry on May 19, 2018, when she became the Duchess of Sussex.
26 – the couple’s combined charities and patronages. Harry has 20 including the London Marathon and Rhino Conservation Botswana. Meghan has six, including Smart Works, which provides interview training for unemployed women, and the National Theatre in London.
16 – the time in months Harry and Meghan were involved with William and Kate with the Royal Foundation between their first appearance in February 2018 and their split from the charity in June 2019.
£2.4 million – of taxpayer money used to renovate Frogmore Cottage, the Sussex’s home in Windsor.
Three years, six months – the length of Harry and Meghan’s relationship after the pair met on a blind date in July 2016.
Between £2 million and £4 million – the cost of policing the duke and duchess’ wedding with around 5,000 officers on the day.
Six – weeks the couple and Archie spent in Canada over the festive period as they took an extended break from royal duties. Meghan, a former actress, lived and worked in Toronto during her time starring in the popular US drama Suits.
10.1 million – the amount of followers the couple have on their official SussexRoyal Instagram page, started in April 2019 after the pair distanced themselves from Kensington Palace, which had previously managed their social media presence.
£89,000 – the increase in the bill the Prince of Wales paid to fund the public duties of Harry and Meghan and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Royal accounts showed that the prince’s bill for the Sussexes’ and the Cambridges’ activities, plus some other expenditure was £5.05 million in 2018-2019, up from £4.96 million in 2017-2018.
Eight months and three days – the age of Archie on the day of the announcement, after his birth on May 6, 2019.
Harry said: ‘I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum.’
The 35-year-old initially laughed in response to the question, then added: ‘Part of this role, part of this job and this family being under the pressure it is under, inevitably stuff happens.
‘But look, we are brothers, we will always be brothers. We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and, as I know, he will always be there for me.’
He added: ‘We don’t see as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly and the majority of stuff is created out of nothing.
‘As brothers, you have good days, you have bad days.’
Harry said spoke about his struggles with mental health and how the death of his mother affected him during the ITV documentary
Prince Harry refused to deny reports of a rift between himself and brother William in a candid interview
FINAL ENGAGEMENT BEFORE STEPPING BACK AS SENIOR ROYALS, 7 January 2020
Yesterday marked Prince Harry and Meghan’s final appearance before they made the decision to step back as royals.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex held hands and walked closely next to each other as they visited Canada House to meet the country’s High Commissioner in London, Janice Charette.
They were warmly greeted by Ms Charette and her deputy Sarah Fountain Smith, after saying they wanted to meet staff to ‘thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay’.
Meghan wore a mix of tans and camel colours for her appearance – pairing a coat from Reiss with a polo neck and £85 skirt from Massimo Dutti.
The Duchess was joined by Prince Harry at their first public appearance which marked the end of their six-weeks hiatus from royal duty – where they thanked the people of Canada for hosting their private holiday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave after visiting Canada House in London yesterday, after their recent stay in Canada
Get Meghan’s winter look in a Massimo Dutti knit
The Duchess of Sussex made a stylish return to royal duties this week as she visited Canada House with the Duke.
Starting the new year with a tonal look, Meghan opted for hues of brown and beige by teaming a satin midi skirt and polo neck jumper, both by Massimo Dutti, with Jimmy Choo pumps and a Reiss coat.
Brown is a shade you’ll see everywhere soon as it was big news on the Spring/Summer 2020 catwalks. So get ahead of the game like Meghan by clicking (right) to get your hands on her jumper, before heading to the carousel to add her skirt to your shopping bag.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave holding hands after visiting Canada House in London yesterday afternoon