Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary with the couple weeks away from making a return to the U.K for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
From their romantic date night at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto to the spectacular interview with Oprah Winfrey and beyond, Newsweek looks at Meghan and Harry’s biggest relationship milestones so far.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary on May 19, 2022. Ben STANSALL/WPA Pool/Chris Jackson/Getty
The First Statement
Harry and Meghan began dating in 2016 after meeting through a joint friend. The couple were able to enjoy six months of privacy before their relationship was made public. Following intense press attention towards Meghan in the wake of their relationship becoming known to the media, Harry published an unprecedented statement confirming their relationship and admonishing the exploitative and, in some cases, racist coverage of his girlfriend.
“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,” the statement read. “He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it is her life and his.”
Invictus Games 2017
The couple did not make an official appearance together at a public event until Harry’s 2017 Invictus Games which were held in Toronto, the Canadian city in which Meghan was living while filming her hit TV show Suits.
Meghan attended a wheelchair tennis match on the arm of her prince and at the closing ceremony, the world got their first glimpse of a kiss as Harry leaned in to show his girlfriend a public display of affection.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared together officially for their first public event at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, September 25/30, 2017. Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation/Karwai Tang/WireImage
Not long after the Invictus Games, Meghan was increasingly seen in London, spending time with Harry at his home, Nottingham Cottage inside the walls of Kensington Palace.
On November 27, 2017, the couple announced their engagement to the press in the palace’s sunken garden. In an interview recorded soon after the announcement was made Harry and Meghan revealed that the prince proposed while the couple were spending a quiet evening at home roasting a chicken. It was announced that the wedding would take place the following May.