After a whirlwind romance, a royal wedding seen around the world and now a little baby boy, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are celebrating their first anniversary as husband and wife.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a sweet video on Instagram to commemorate the milestone. It included behind-the-scenes photos from their wedding day, and "This Little Light of Mine" played joyfully in the background. The couple walked up the aisle to the song after exchanging their vows.
Happy one year anniversary to Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Today marks the one year anniversary of the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018. The selected song “This Little Light of Mine” was chosen by the couple for their recessional. We hope you enjoy reliving this moment, and seeing some behind the scenes photos from this special day. A message from The Duke & Duchess: Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful. Photo credit: Chris Allerton (B&W); PA (color) ©️SussexRoyal (B&W images and video)
Meghan and Harry began their relationship in secret in mid-2016, much to the speculation of the public. They appeared together in public for the first time in September 2017, and they announced their engagement in November that year.
The love birds were married May 19, 2018, in a highly anticipated ceremony at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Nearly 30 millions Americans watched the wedding, while an estimated 120,000 people watched the ceremony outside Windsor Castle on giant TV monitors.
Many celebrities known to the American audience were in attendance, including Priyanka Chopra, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Abigail Spencer, Idris Elba, Serena Williams, James Corden, Elton John and Meghan's "Suits" co-stars. Even Harry's former girlfriend Chelsy Davy was there.
Meghan stunned in her wedding dress: a silk boat-neck gown. Her 16-foot-long veil was embroidered with the national flowers of all 53 member states of the United Kingdom. The gesture followed a similar tradition at the queen’s own wedding, when she had the symbols of the then-eight Commonwealth countries sewn into her wedding gown.
The bride carried forget-me-nots in her bouquet, a nod to Harry's late mother. The flower was Princess Diana's favorite.
Episcopalian Bishop Michael Curry of Chicago became a sensation for his sermon, which was one of several moments when the bride’s black heritage was honored. And when the gospel choir sang "Stand by Me," the crowds outside joined in.
Just a few days after their nuptials, the royal couple headed off on their honeymoon. But the location was one of the best-kept royal secrets. Some speculated they would travel to Namibia, where they had their third date, but Harry was quick to deny the rumor. Others believed they visited a Canadian resort, but the resort denied any royal booking.
The pair have spent their time as a married couple promoting charity work and groups, focusing on children and women's empowerment. Meghan worked with victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in the creation of "Together: Our Community Cookbook."
By October of 2018, the palace announced Meghan was pregnant with the couple's first child. This set off a media frenzy, and the world watched for the birth of a new royal baby. Style watchers kept a close eye on Meghan as she enjoyed dressing up her baby bump in loose fitted patterns and bold colors.
They moved from Kensington Palace, where Prince William and Kate Middleton live, into Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle, just ahead of their child's arrival.
The baby boy finally arrived on May 6, 2019, almost marking his parents' anniversary himself. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was welcomed into the world weighing 7 pounds and 3 ounces.
Upon his baby boy's birth, Harry said he was "incredibly proud" of his wife and that he was "just over the moon."
"I can't possibly imagine how any woman does what they do, what they do is beyond comprehension, but we are both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there."
Meghan is now on maternity leave from her royal duties, and Harry continues to make appearances in her absences.