Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Friend Said They've Grown "Even Closer" After Their Challenging Year

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  • Tuesday, May 19, marked Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's second wedding anniversary.
  • The Sussexes have weathered a dramatic year together, stepping down as senior royals at the end of March.
  • According to a close friend of the couple, the challenges they've faced have brought them "even closer."

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have had an awful lot to contend with over the past year, from relentless media bullying (and their subsequent lawsuits against multiple British tabloids) to their decision to step down as senior members of the royal family. According to a close friend of the Sussexes, they've more than weathered the storm—in fact, their many trials have only brought them closer.

    Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, royal correspondent Katie Nicholl said that the couple were "still very much in love," adding, "So much has happened for Meghan and Harry, but I'm told by a source very close to them that all of the experiences, the challenges, the obstacles of 2019 and 2020, have really made them even closer."

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    A royal insider also shared that Meghan and Harry are taking time to slow down and "reflect" after their turbulent year. "One of the things I was told by a friend of the couple's is that they actually are enjoying the slightly slower pace," Nicholl said. "They are busy and they are doing quite a lot behind the scenes, but you know, this is a couple that tends to operate 100 miles per hour. I think they're enjoying the lockdown and the fact that they've been able to take a bit of a breather."

    "They've always been a great team and a partnership and you've seen that when you're with them," Nicholl added. "I think looking back on what's clearly been a challenging and a testing year, the one thing that just hasn't faltered is their commitment to each other and their love for one another. They've done this together as a couple and I think it's important to remember that."

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