How Prince Harry fell for Meghan Markle: the story of their romance in pictures

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement a year ago today and a whole lot has happened since then.

The couple revealed that Harry had proposed on November 27, 2017, just over a year after Kensington Palace first confirmed their relationship.

Meghan, 37, and 34-year-old Harry married at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19.

They're now expecting their first child together, due in spring.

Here, we take a look back at the pair's love story so far…

The spooning bananas

Glamorous Meghan first met Harry in 2016, after being introduced by mutual friend Markus Anderson at central London's Soho House in early June.

Reports claim that Harry – who had 'lusted' after Meghan's Suits character Rachel Zane for two years – was immediately smitten and besieged the American with texts until she agreed to a date.

The pair met in London several times, with Meghan papped in the Royal Box at Wimbledon, and in Los Angeles after Harry treated her to a weekend at his best friend’s house in the Hollywood Hills.

In October, the first hint that the couple were dating emerged when Meghan posted a snap on Instagram of her wearing a blue beaded bracelet.

Harry was pictured wearing the same bracelet during his summer trip to Africa, where he reportedly picked it up.

After that, the trinket rarely left Meghan's wrist.

On November 1, 2016, Meghan uploaded a cryptic Instagram post featuring a picture of two canoodling bananas, with the caption: "Sleep tight xx".

It's official

Harry confirmed their relationship on November 8, 2016 – and made an unprecedented appeal via Kensington Palace for them to be left in peace.

Royal fans took that as a sign of how serious it is between the pair, with a pal confirming it had "moved very fast and they can't bear to be apart".

That awkward moment in Antigua…

During an official visit to the Caribbean nation on November 21, 2016, Prime Minister Gaston Browne teased Harry by announcing: "I believe we are expecting a new princess soon.

"I want know that you are very welcome to come on your honeymoon here… there will be nowhere in the world as special to spend your honeymoon, when that day arrives."

Apparently the Prince was "clearly embarrassed" and "went bright red". Aww.

Public dates

In December 2016, we brought you the first pictures of the loved-up pair strolling through London on their way to West End show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

The day before, they were reportedly spotted buying their first Christmas tree together in south London.

In January, the couple enjoyed a romantic first holiday together after Harry whisked Meghan to Norway to see the Northern Lights.

Meeting the family

Harry was reported to have gained the blessing of Meghan's dad Thomas before the pair went public.

On January 15, 2017, Harry introduced Meghan to the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace.

In March she joined Harry at his mate's wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where he was an usher.

But onlookers said THEY were the couple behaving most like honeymooners…

Wedding bells?

Suggestions that the couple were soon to tie the knot were ramped up a gear when Meghan shut down her lifestyle website The Tig after nearly three years.

Having described it as her "passion project", reports stated that the actress's decision was related to her busy filming schedule and humanitarian work.

The car park clinch

While Harry took part in the annual Audi Polo Challenge in Ascot, Meghan was snapped planting a smacker on his cheek in the car park.

The same weekend she was spotted cheering on her man from the sidelines.

Harry's desperate dash

Despite being invited, Meghan was notably absent from Pippa Middleton's wedding to James Matthews in May 2017, apparently to avoid upstaging the bride.

But clearly keen to have his girlfriend by his side, Harry made a 100-mile round trip to pick her up from Kensington Palace and escort her to the party at the Middleton’s home in Bucklebury.

Now, that's romance.

The crown jewels

In June 2017 it was reported that Harry gave Meghan a gold ring – which turned out to be too big, so she wore it on her thumb.

He previously gifted her a Cartier Love bracelet, a Maya Brenner necklace with the initials "M" and "H" and a gold arrow ring.

The birthday safari

With both sharing a mutual love of animals, Harry treated Meghan to a romantic African holiday for her 36th birthday in August 2017.

He was snapped putting a protective arm around his girl as they arrived, while she carried a gift from him swathed in bubble wrap.

A source said: "Obviously he wants to show Meghan what an amazing place it is and create new memories together.

"Harry's done a lot of conservation work in Africa with endangered elephants and black rhinos and he'll show them to the woman he wants to marry."

Another pointed out that he wanted to "associate August with something joyful", referring to the anniversary of his mum Princess Diana's death.

That loved-up interview

In September 2017, Meghan opened up to Vanity Fair about being "really happy and in love" with her prince.

She confirmed they met in the summer of 2016 and dated quietly for six months.

Meghan also said "there will be a time" when they're more prepared to share their life with the public but for now they want to keep things private.

She added: "It's part of what makes it so special, that it's just ours. But we're happy. Personally, I love a great love story."

So do we!

The first official public appearance

In September 2017, Meghan joined Harry at the annual Invictus Games in Toronto, where she lived and filmed Suits.

Despite the fact they sat 18 seats apart, she was spotted cheering on her fella during the opening ceremony.

The next day they sat together for a Wheelchair Tennis event – and the pictures spoke volumes.

Harry even flew out Meghan's mum Doria 2,500 miles from LA to join them for the occasion – and planted an affectionate kiss on his girlfriend's cheek while watching the closing ceremony.

A big proposal

It was confirmed on November 27, 2017 that Harry and Meghan were engaged.

Meghan said they were roasting a chicken when Harry got down on one knee at his home, Nottingham Cottage.

In their engagement interview, she explained: "[It was] just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got down on one knee.

"As a matter of fact I could barely let you finish proposing, I said: 'Can I say yes now?'"

Harry replied: "She didn't even let me finish, she said: 'Can I say yes, can I say yes?' and then there were hugs and I had the ring… and I was like: 'Can I – can I give you the ring?'"

The first royal outing

On December 1, 2017, the couple made their first official appearance as an engaged couple.

They headed to Nottingham, where they greeted excited crowds ahead of a visit to a World Aids Day charity fair hosted by the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Celebrating Christmas

Meghan and Harry joined Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service in Sandringham on December 25, 2017.

Meghan also attended the Queen's Windsor Castle Christmas party for staff, in a sign that she'd effectively become a fully-fledged member of the Royal Family.

A guest at the party said: "She asked everyone she met their names and what they did. It was very natural."

The wedding

The couple became husband and wife at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018.

Meghan looked stunning in an off-shoulder gown by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, which she paired with Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara.

Her father Thomas was unable to make the ceremony, leaving Prince Charles to walk her part of the way down the aisle.

However, her mother Doria watched on proudly.

The newlyweds sealed the deal with a kiss outside the church before embarking on a carriage ride around Windsor.

Meghan changed into a halterneck Stella McCartney dress for their reception at Frogmore House, which featured a royal dance-off and "beer pong" games.

After the wedding, the pair were given the titles the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Visiting the Emerald Isle

Meghan and Harry embarked on their first official foreign trip as a married couple in July 2018.

They flew to Ireland, enjoying a short stay in Dublin.

Meghan's Emerald Isle outfits came with eye-watering price tags – in the space 24 hours, the Duchess of Sussex wore an estimated total of £23,000 worth of designer labels.

A baby announcement

Kensington Palace confirmed on October 15, 2018 that Harry and Meghan were expecting their first baby.

A message on the Palace's official Twitter page 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 announcement followed weeks of fan speculation about a potential pregnancy.

It came as the couple landed in Australia for their first royal tour as husband and wife.

Heading Down Under

As news broke of Meghan's pregnancy, she and Harry were jetting to the South Pacific for their first royal tour.

In a busy trip that lasted 16 days, the pair visited Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. The tour coincided with the Invictus Games, of which Harry is patron.

Excitingly, Meghan gave us our first glimpse of her blossoming baby bump.

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