• Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: A relationship timeline

    By: Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

    Prince Harry dated actress Meghan Markle for more than two years before they announced an engagement in November 2017. Married May 19, 2018, the royal couple welcomed their first child, a baby boy in May 2019.

    >> Read more trending news

    Here is a timeline of the couple's relationship:

    July 2016

    Markle would later reveal in an October 2017 interview Vanity Fair that she and Harry met in London in July 2016.

    Nov. 8, 2016

    Kensington Palace confirms Harry is dating Markle by issuing a statement calling for an end to sexist and racist harassment of Markle on social media. Markle is referred to as Harry's girlfriend in the Nov. 8 statement from his communications secretary.

    "His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public—the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments," part of the statement said. 

    The statement went on to say Harry is worried about Markle's safety and is "deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her."

    Prince Harry (L) and actress Meghan Markle have reportedly been dating since 2016.
    Prince Harry (L) and actress Meghan Markle have reportedly been dating since 2016.
    Nigel Roddis/Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty

    Nov. 26, 2016

    Prince Harry's brother, Prince William, issues a statement of his own supporting Harry and Markle.

    "The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him," William's statement to The Telegraph said.

    Dec. 14, 2016

    The first photos emerge of Harry and Markle as a couple, according to a claim from British tabloid "The Sun."  Wearing winter coats and beanies, the couple was reportedly going to the Gielud Theatre in London. The day before, the tabloid said the two picked out a Christmas tree together. 

    Jan. 15, 2017

    "The Sun" reported that Markle has met Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte.

    "It went really well and Meghan was very excited about meeting her," an unnanmed friend told the paper.

    Feb. 2, 2017

    "The Sun" once again publishes photos of the couple together, this time after a dinner date at Soho House in London. An unnamed person who saw the two told the tabloid the couple "tried to keep as low-key as possible."

    March 3, 2017

    Harry and Markle were photographed in Montego Bay, Jamaica for the wedding of one of Harry's college friends, Tom "Skippy" Inskip.  The Telegraph reported that the two were affectionate during the three-day wedding event.

    May 20, 2017

    Markle accompanied Harry to Pippa Middleton's wedding reception, according to UsWeekly. Earlier that month, on May 7, People reported that the two were photographed kissing in the Coworth Park Polo Club parking lot in Ascot, England. Markle had been cheering Harry on during a charity polo match with William.

    August 2017

    Markle and Harry are photographed at a Botswana airport in Africa for Markle's 36th birthday. E! News reported they stayed with close friends of Harry, who met Markle for the first time. 

    Sept. 5, 2017

    Markle speaks publicly for the first time about her relationship with Harry in an interview with Vanity Fair. She expressed the support she has from her boyfriend after the media attention since they began dating.

    "(T)he only thing that changed was people's perception," she told the publication. "Nothing about me changed. I'm still the same person that I am, and I've never defined myself by my relationship."

    "We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. 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."

    Sept. 13, 2017

    UsWeekly reports that Merkle met Prince Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, Sept. 3.

    "It went well. It'll no doubt be the first of many encounters," an unnamed source told the magazine.

    The report comes as engagement rumors continue. UsWeekly claims Harry has already created an engagement ring.

    November 2017

    Harry proposes to Markle earlier in the month. Weeks later, on Nov. 27, the royal engagement is announced. At a photo call the same day, Markle debuts her three-diamond engagement ring, which includes two diamonds from Diana, Princess of Wales's personal collection. When asked if the proposal was romantic, Harry responded, "Of course it was."

    May 19, 2018

    Nearly two years after they first met, Harry and Markle marry at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in London. Before the ceremony, Queen Elizabeth conferred the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Prince Harry and Markle.

    Oct. 15, 2018

    Less than five months after their May wedding, Markle and Harry announce they are expecting their first child. Kensington Palace announced that the baby is due in Spring 2019.

    People reported that a Kensington Palace statement also included a reaction from Markle's mother, Doria Ragland.

    "Ms. Ragland is very happy about this lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild," the statement read.

    May 2019

    Markle and Harry welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

    "We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019," the royal couple said in a statement. "Their Royal Highnesses' son weighs 7lbs. 3oz. The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days."


    October 1, 2019

    Prince Harry issues a personally-written statement blasting the British tabloids for its reporting on the Duchess of Sussex. At the same time, Sussex Royal releases a statement saying Meghan Markle has filed a lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday and Associated Newspapers, its parent company, "over the intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex, which is part of a campaign by this media group to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband."

    "I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long," Harry said in the statement. "To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in."

    Next Up: