As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate their second wedding anniversary today, it’s almost impossible to believe they’ve been married for only two years. Doesn’t it feel like they, as a couple, have been dominating the headlines for decades now? From their whirlwind romance to hosting a star-studded wedding, renouncing their royal titles, and moving across the pond, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have kept us all on our toes – and been the epitome of #couplegoals through it all, as evidenced by the moments below.
Loud and Clear
November 8, 2016
Only a few months into his relationship with the future duchess, Harry released a powerful statement to the media because he had had enough of how Meghan was being treated by the press and online trolls. This is the first time in the palace’s history that a statement like this has been released, showing that Harry is willing to go above and beyond to make it clear that this kind of abuse will not be tolerated – especially in light of the harassment faced by his mother, Princess Diana, at the hands of the paparazzi.
Kensington Palace has issued a statement this morning about the harassment currently being experienced by Meghan Markle and her family. pic.twitter.com/EuFZ4fmUIj
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 8, 2016
Roast Chicken and Royal Proposal
November 27, 2017
It may be an oldie, but man, is it a goodie. The very first interview that the royal couple did together just after their engagement stole all our hearts right from the start. You can’t not see how in love they are – that’s just under 21 minutes worth of #couplegoals if you’re keeping score.
Moment of Honesty
May 19, 2018
It was this exact moment at the altar in St George’s Chapel, when Harry complimented his bride, that made the world collectively gush. “You look amazing,” were the words he quietly whispered before adding, “I’m so lucky.”
A Helping Hand
June 9, 2018
Meghan’s first appearance on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony coincided with her Trooping the Colour debut, and she needed a little help with social etiquette. In this blink-and-you-miss-it moment, the new Duchess had to curtsy to Queen Elizabeth, but found herself a little unsure about the timing. “Do it?” she whispered to her husband, to which he quickly replied, “Yes.”
September, 20 2018
Meghan made her first speech as a member of the royal family last September, with the launch of her first charity project – the Together cookbook that “celebrates the power of cooking to connect us to one another” – only adding to the commemorative moment. The look of pride and support on Harry’s face after her speech was, well, priceless.
October 18, 2018
Of their many sweet PDA moments caught on film, this oh-so-subtle one in Melbourne during Meghan’s first international tour in October 2018 garnered a lot of attention – and for good reason. While holding Meghan’s hand, Harry reached behind his back to hold onto her with his other hand, lovingly stroking her hand with his thumb while carrying on with formalities.
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December 14, 2018
For their first holiday season as a married couple, the beautiful duo used this breathtaking, previously unreleased black-and-white shot as their greeting card. The photograph, taken by Chris Allerton, is from their wedding reception at Frogmore House. It sparked controversy because their backs are towards the camera, but when have these two ever followed convention?
Let the Show Begin
January 16, 2019
In yet another case of two people holding hands making the headlines, the Duke and (a very pregnant) Duchess of Sussex shared an affectionate moment at Royal Albert Hall while waiting for Cirque du Soleil to kick off.
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Baby Makes Three
May 8, 2019
We’ve seen the royal couple beaming on countless occasions, but the introduction of their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to the world made for a truly unforgettable moment. Body-language experts have deciphered this event to indicate that Meghan is letting Harry bask in the glory of their son – he’s the one holding Archie, after all – while the alignment of their feet signals an equal playing field. We’d expect nothing less.
Under My Umbrella
March 5, 2020
Leave it to Harry and Meghan to turn a moment under an umbrella into a truly iconic photo. Taken by royal family photographer Samir Hussein earlier this year, it captured one of the last times the couple stepped out as royals, marking the end of an era. The photo depicts the two beaming at each other as they arrived at the 2020 Endeavour Fund Awards in color-coordinated outfits, with the rain and light of camera flashes only adding to its cinematic quality.