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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship in pictures

We take a look back at Harry and Meghan's relationship milestones

In 2016, rumours were abound that the notorious bachelor Prince Harry was ready to settle down after finding love with a certain American actress. And, in a rarity, the rumours were true.

Through the years, we've watched Meghan become a style icon - and the pair have continued to pursue charitable endeavours. But above all, they've given both romantics and cynics a reason to believe that love can conquer all.

Let's take a look at their relationship milestones...

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Their first Invictus Games together, 2017

Though the pair began dating in 2016, they managed to avoid photos together for quite some time. In fact, one of the earliest official appearances together was when Meghan joined Harry for the Invictus Games in Toronto, the charity he set up to honour those injured in active service.

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She said 'Yes' - announcing their engagement, 2017

Harry and Meghan announced their engagement on November 27, 2017. The pair posed for photos outside Frogmore Cottage, which was their home while they resided in the UK.

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How did Harry propose? The sweet - and normal - details

More details of their engagement were revealed in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix docuseries and his sensational tell-all memoir, Spare.

Harry shared that he popped the question on "just a standard, typical night for us." Meghan added, "Just a cozy night... what were we doing? Roasting chicken and... And it was just... just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee."

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The touching details of Meghan Markle's engagement ring

Meghan's engagement ring was made of three stones, a style known as a trilogy ring. The cushion-cut centre diamond of her engagement ring was estimated to be roughly three carats and was sourced from Botswana, a place with emotional significance to both she and Harry.

The smaller side diamonds came from the personal collection of Princess Diana.

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Meghan's first Christmas with the royal in-laws, 2017

Fresh from their engagement, Meghan Markle spent her first Christmas at Sandringham with the Royal Family. Fans absolutely loved catching a sight of the future Duchess of Sussex on the traditional Christmas morning walkabout.

Of the first Christmas, Meghan has previously said, "I remember so vividly the first Christmas at Sandringham. Calling my mom, and she's like, 'How's it going?' and I said, 'Oh my gosh, it's amazing. It's just like a big family like I always wanted.'"

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Their first appearance together after the engagement, 2017

Less than a week after announcing their engagement to the world, Harry and Meghan appeared in Nottingham to increase HIV/AIDS awareness.

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A pre-wedding appearance, April 2018

Just a month before their wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted attending the team trials for the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games. Meghan looked on as her husband-to-be explained what was going on, sharing arguably his biggest passion.

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Trooping the Colour 2018, Meghan Markle's first

A few weeks after their wedding, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex joined Prince Harry for her first ever Trooping the Colour. While never confirmed, it was reported the two slipped away for a private honeymoon in Canada before returning for the annual royal parade.

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They're expecting! The couple announce they are pregnant, October 2018

On October 15, 2018, the Royal Family's official accounts shared the happy news that Harry and Meghan were expecting their first child.

The posts 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."

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The Sussexes go down under, October 2018

The newlyweds didn't have too much time to live in the honeymoon phase - in October 2018, months after the wedding, they jetted off for an official royal tour. The 16 day event included trips to New Zealand, Fiji and Australia.

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Inseparable

The couple showed endless displays of affection while continuing their tour of Australia.

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The Royal Wedding, May 2018

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was held on Saturday 19 May 2018 in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Almost 23.7 million households watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018, amounting to a total of 29.19 million viewers. It remains the most popular royal wedding, according to Google searches over the years since they said "I Do."

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Meghan's wedding dress details

Meghan's stunning silk gown was designed by Givenchy artistic director, Clare Waight Keller. The veil was embroidered with flowers representing the countries of the Commonwealth plus the California poppy, a nod to Meghan's home state, and a wintersweet, a flower that grows at Kensington Palace.

The dress was made of silk with three-quarter-length sleeves, an open boat neckline and a train with built-in triple silk organza underskirt.

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A quick change for the wedding after-party

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle headed to their evening reception in an icy blue vintage Jaguar.

Both the bride and the groom changed for the party. Prince Harry opted for a tuxedo, and Meghan chose a second bridal gown, made by designer Stella McCartney.

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The couple's first joint appearance in the UK, June 2022

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally returned to the UK for the first official appearance since 2020 in the summer of 2022.

Harry had previously come alone, for the funeral of Prince Philip, but both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned for a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II to honour her Platinum Jubilee.

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Back, for a very sad reason, September 2022

Meghan accompanied her husband as he returned to the UK following the death of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022.

In a move that surprised royal fans - and gave them some happy news during the national mourning period - Harry and Meghan joined Prince William and Kate Middleton for an official walkabout. It was the first time the four of them had been seen together since March 2020.

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Attending the Queen's funeral, September 2022

The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II was a moment for the history books. Harry and Meghan were reunited with the Royal Family for the service. The couple were thought to have returned home to California the day after attending the funeral service.

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Dressed down in New Zealand

Despite being busy at work, the couple would catch some quality time together, enjoying dressed down, casual strolls through Wellington, New Zealand.

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Christmas 2018 - their last with the royals

As it would turn out, 2018's Christmas appearance for the Sussexes would most likely be their last.

The year after, the couple spent Christmas with Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, in California and in 2020, the Covid crisis meant that the late Queen Elizabeth II couldn't host a big family gathering. And then, of course, the couple left royal life before 2021's festivities came around.

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The iconic 2020 umbrella shot

While not chronologically the first photo of the pair, no picture quite sums up the drama of their love story. From clandestine dates to defying families, they've weathered plenty of storms - but still hold on to their love for one another.

This timeless shot of them caught in the rain was taken in London in 2020, as the pair attended The Endeavour Fund Awards.

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His job is just... beach - Harry and Meghan relax

The pair kicked back and relaxed while visiting Bondi Beach. It might have been a case of foreshadowing as the two would eventually leave the UK for good and settle by the beach in Montecito, California.

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A pregnant Meghan steps out for her first joint engagement with Harry in 2019

The glowing Meghan and the proud father-to-be stepped out in January 2019 for their first joint engagement of the year. Meghan cheered up the wintry weather in Birkenhead with a bold red coat and purple dress.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Morocco, February 2019

Conscious of her upcoming due date, Meghan and Harry squeezed in a three-day tour of Morocco in late February 2019.

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Archie is born, May 2019

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 05:26am on 6 May 2019 at the Portland Hospital in London. He was the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Unlike previous royal births, there was no immediate photo-call at the hospital steps but he was later unveiled to the world on 8 May with adorable photos of the family.

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'Megxit' is announced - January 2020

On January 8, 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their decision to “step back” from their roles as senior royals. They revealed their initial intentions to split their time between the US and the UK in a move that was somewhat controversially dubbed "Megxit."

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Their last ever royal engagement, March 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex marked their final engagement as senior members of the royal family on March 9, 2020, attending the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

Meghan arrived in an emerald green dress, with a matching cape, bag and fascinator. Harry matched her subtly in a blue suit with a green lining.

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They announce baby #2, February 2021

After laying low following their move to Canada (and then the US), Meghan and Harry delighted fans with the reveal that they were expecting their second child. The happy news was shared on Valentine's Day with a gorgeous photoshoot showing the pair barefoot and relaxing outdoors.

Their second child - daughter Lilibet - would be born on June 4, 2021.

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Celebrating Meghan in New York City, 2023

Meghan Markle was the guest of honour for the Ms Foundation awards in Manhattan in May 2023.

While Meghan sparkled in a strapless, golden Johanna Ortiz ensemble with a matching Carolina Herrera clutch bag, Harry beamed with pride as he watched his wife pick up the 2023 Women of Vision Award.

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We take a look back at Harry and Meghan's relationship milestones