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Sneaky Dates and Low-Key Appearances: A Look inside the Early Days of Harry and Meghan’s Relationship

A lot has happened since the world found out about Prince Harry and his now-wife Meghan Markle’s relationship. Not only have they welcomed their first child together, Archie Harrison, but they’ve also made one of the most controversial decisions the British royal family has seen in quite a while.

On the event of their official departure from the monarchy and their upcoming second wedding anniversary, let’s take a look back at the early days of the couple’s relationship.

Dating Rumors

Markle at the 2016 Invictus Games, a sports event created and run by Prince Harry

The year was 2016. Markle was living in Toronto, Canada for her role in the television show ‘Suits’ when she was set up on a blind date by a friend. One could only imagine her surprise when she realized that the mystery man she was set up with was no other than Prince Harry.

Despite their vastly different lives at the time, the two clicked and bonded over their desire for ‘making positive change in the world. They went on a second date soon after.

Come fall of the same year, it seems like the media has caught wind of their budding secret romance. The rumors wouldn’t be confirmed right away though as the couple kept things private at first.

Appearance at Invictus

The royal speaking at the sporting event

But the public’s interest has been piqued nonetheless and they were watching Prince Harry and Markle with eagle eyes. The couple would first come close to making a public appearance together at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games, which was held in Toronto in September of that year.

Fans were disappointed though as the two decided to sit apart. The future Duchess was spotted at the event with her friend, Soho House consultant Markus Anderson. He was reportedly the one who introduced the couple to each other. Meanwhile, Prince Harry was seated far away from them.

Going Public

Prince Harry and Markle were first seen together two days after the opening ceremony

Luckily, they didn’t make people wait too long as they eventually stepped out together and attended some of the games. Their public display of affection all but confirmed what the media and their fans have been speculating for months. In fact, it seems that their romance fast-tracked after that point as they became engaged just about two months later.

Their story culminated in a royal wedding watched by millions of people from all over the world on May 19, 2018. They would welcome their son less than a year later.

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