A Royal Anniversary: Taking a Look Back at Meghan & Harry’s Remarkable Year
A year ago, I was sitting on my couch watching “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance.” The scones had been purchased, the fine china pulled out and the alarm set for 4 a.m. I was prepared to witness my second royal wedding.
When Meghan and Harry first got engaged, I rallied with the rest of the world, but for different reasons. “Yes,” I thought to myself. “We’re going to get another royal wedding.”
When Kate and William got married in 2011, I was a senior in high school, sipping English breakfast tea out of my mom’s wedding china (only pulled out for the most special of occasions) before heading out to the class.
In 2018, life was less glamorous, aka I had to go to work, but the prep for the wedding was nothing short of that 2011 splendor.
As the early morning ticked on, Meghan came full screen in her dress for the first time — one thing was obvious: They were happy.
And no one could expect the whirlwind year ahead of them. From rumors and family feuds to outings with the Queen and a royal baby, Meghan and Harry did it all. As their first anniversary approaches, we took a look back at some of their best moments since saying, “I do.”
Around 29 million people watched on their telly's as this royal couple made their way down the aisle.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their wedding in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, UK, May 19, 2018.
Their first public debut as a married couple, Meghan drew praise for her blush off-the-shoulder look.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during Trooping the Colour 2018 ceremony in London, Jun 9, 2018.
Harry and Meghan are off to the races! In her white Givenchy dress, Meghan awards celebrity jockey Frankie Dettori his prize.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle present the prize in the St James’ Palace stakes to Frankie Dettori, June 19, 2018.
The event was live streamed on Facebook for those of us unable to make it to Buckingham Palace for The Queen's Young Leader Award's.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony, Buckingham Palace, London, June 26, 2018.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the youth-focused event. Meghan makes a statement with her colorful Brandon Maxwell dress, a departure from her usual muted outfits.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the “Your Commonwealth” Youth Challenge reception at Marlborough House in London, July 5, 2018.
Sticking with her bow neck silhouette, Meghan stuns in a black Dior dress.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch a flypast of Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London, July 10, 2018.
Ireland marked the newlyweds first official trip out of England.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Dublin, Ireland, July 11, 2018.
Harry takes on the title of best man at the wedding of his childhood friend.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the wedding of Daisy Jenks and Charlie van Straubenzee, St. Mary the Virgin Church, Frensham, Surrey, UK, Aug. 4, 2018.
Even the Royals take part in the cultural phenomenon that is "Hamilton" — Harry even sang a few lines from the show!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a gala performance of “Hamilton” in London, Aug. 29, 2018.
Bringing back major Rachel Zane vibes, Meghan stuns in a monochromatic look. This marks their first official visit to Sussex!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the University of Chichester Technology Park, Oct. 3, 2018.
Not only is this their first appearance in Sydney, this is also the first time the world learns Meghan is expecting the couple's first child.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Admiralty House, Sydney, Oct. 16, 2018.
Harry and Meghan — wearing a blazer from her friend Serena Williams' fashion label — make international news after a young boy befriends Harry by pulling on his beard.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Dubbo Airport, Oct. 17, 2018.
Harry and Meghan walk through a crowd of cheering fans as they attend the exercise and wellness-themed Government House reception.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a walkabout at Government House in Melbourne, on day three of their tour of Australia, Oct. 18, 2018.
On the famous Bondi Beach, Meghan talks eagerly about her morning yoga wearing a dress by Australian designer Martin Grant.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with local surfing community group OneWave on Bondi Beach, Oct. 18, 2018.
This may have been Meghan's first hint that she was expecting a baby boy!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Macarthur Girls High School in Sydney, Australia, on day four of their Royal Tour, Oct. 19, 2018.
In Tonga, Meghan stuns in a custom-made Theia gown while Harry wears a classic tux.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for a reception and dinner at the palace in Nuku’alofa, Oct. 25 2018.
The royal couple gets a friendly Tongan greeting with traditional garlands as they arrive at the Fa'onelua Centre.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an exhibition at the Fa’onelua Centre in Nuku’alofa celebrating Tongan handicrafts and products, Oct. 26 2018.
The Royals go casual as they watch the Invictus Games final in Sydney.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Wheelchair Basketball Final at the Invictus Games, Oct. 27, 2018.
At their visit to Abel Tasman National Park, Harry and Meghan learn more about local conservation efforts.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Abel Tasman National Park, Oct. 29, 2018.
Nearing the end of their first Royal Tour, Meghan is seen cradling her growing bump.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for a Public Walkabout at the Auckland Viaduct, Oct. 30, 2018.
The royal couple marked their six month wedding anniversary at the Royal Variety Performance.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend The Royal Variety Performance in London, Nov. 19, 2018.
Following royal protocol, the couple attends Christmas Day church services at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene — this church goes back to the 16th century.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Christmas Day church service in Sandringham, Norfolk, UK, Dec. 25, 2018.
In her red and purple ensemble, the Duchess pays respect to Tomorrow's Women Wirral - a local women for women charity in Birkenhead.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Birkenhead, UK, Jan. 14, 2019.
The couple walked hand in hand on the red carpet at the Endeavour Fund Awards. They chaired the judging panel, so it was only fitting that Meghan presented the celebrating excellence award.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Endeavour Fund Awards in London, Feb. 7, 2019.
The Duke and Duchess arrive in Casablanca for a three-day tour centered around promoting mental health awareness and education for girls.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Casablanca airport, Feb. 23, 2019.
In her bespoke Dior gown, Meghan stuns in Morocco. The couple was welcomed with a traditional rose water ceremony.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco, Feb. 24, 2019.
On their final day in Morocco, the Royals head to the market in the Andalusian Gardens.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit a Social Entrepreneurs event and market in the Andalusian Gardens, Feb. 25, 2019.
Meghan wears a floor-length Carolina Herrera dress to meet King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Morocco, Feb. 25, 2019.
Marking her last public appearance before giving birth to their son, Meghan steps out with Harry to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London, March 11, 2019.
On May 8th, the couple proudly introduced their son, Archie Harrison Mounbatten-Windsor — born May 6 — to the world. @Sussexroyal broke the news on social media with photos taken in Windsor Castle.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose together with their newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in Windsor, May 8, 2019.