Today, the royal family announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting a baby. That's right, another little prince or princess will be joining the Windsor clan in spring 2019. Following the couple's royal wedding in May—which itself followed just about two years of dating—their romance seems like a whirlwind. And by some standards it was. Here, an obsessive timeline of every important moment in the royal couple's romance thus far, from their first secret dates to their marriage vows to the imminent arrival of their first child!
On July 4, 2016, Markle is spotted at Wimbledon.
Later, during their engagement photo call, Prince Harry told reporters he knew Markle was the one "the very first time we met," after being set up by a mutual female friend, sometime in July 2016.
Speaking about their blind date, Prince Harry told the BBC during their first official TV interview together,"I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her. I was like, I’m really going to have to up my game here....We met once, then twice, back-to-back: two dates in London, in the beginning of last July."
Also during their first TV interview together on the BBC, Prince Harry revealed how the couple's relationship developed.
He said, "It was three, maybe four, weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come join me in Botswana, and we camped out with each other, under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic. Then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other."
Publications begin reporting that Prince Harry is dating Suits actress Meghan Markle. According to a new report in Vanity Fair, the couple hid out from paparazzi at one of Meghan's friend's houses in Toronto.
Prince Harry confirms his relationship with Meghan Markle, by releasing a statement regarding her safety. With rumors swirling about the pair, Markle had become the target of immense paparazzi scrutiny.
Via Kensington Palace, Prince Harry said:
"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. Some of it has been hidden from the public—the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life."
Meghan Markle is seen shopping at Whole Foods in Kensington, London, and returning to Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace afterwards. She wears Prince Harry's favorite brown baseball cap for the excursion, along with a pair of Hunter boots.
Prince Harry and Meghan are photographed together in Montego Bay, Jamaica, attending the wedding of his close friend, Tom "Skippy" Inskip (pictured).
The couple attends a Wheelchair Tennis match at the 2017 Invictus Games, and is seen holding hands, whispering, and talking to fellow attendees.
They are spotted at the Closing Ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, with Markle's mother, Doria Ragland.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a photo call in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace following the announcement that they are engaged.
British design company Emma Bridgewater begins work on souvenir mugs commemorating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding.
Prince Harry and Markle attend the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair in Nottingham, England, their first official engagement since announcing they will wed.
After Meghan Markle attends a royal engagement with Prince Harry in Nottingham, England, her Strathberry handbag sells out in minutes.
The couple attends a Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace.
Prince Harry and Markle's official engagement portraits are released to the world.
Meghan Markle attends Christmas Day church service along with Prince Harry and the rest of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II herself.
It's reported that Markle spends the holiday at Sandringham estate in Norfolk with Prince Harry's family, experiencing a royal Christmas for the first time. Allegedly, the Queen usually enforces a spouses-only policy, but breaks the rule for her grandson's new fiancée.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet with fans in London.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Reprezent radio station in Brixton, London, which supports young people in the area.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet fans in Cardiff, Wales.
The couple attends the Endeavour Fund Awards in London, which supports and celebrates the achievements of veterans.
The couple attends another royal engagement, this time to Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. It's reported that Meghan and Harry celebrate Valentine's Day in Scotland, too.
Prince Harry and Markle attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum in London, along with Kate Middleton and Prince William.
Another royal engagement for the couple, this time in Birmingham, England, on International Women's Day.
Meghan joins Harry at a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in London with the entire royal family.
Meghan accompanied Harry during a day of engagements in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They visited the Crown Liquor Saloon, a former Victorian gin palace owned by the National Trust.
Harry and Meghan attended the UK team trials for the 2018 Invictus Games at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet young delegates at the Commonwealth Youth Foruma month before their wedding.