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US News Harry and Meghan: From first date to stepping back as senior royals

03:30  09 january  2020
03:30  09 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Harry and his wife, Meghan , said they are planning “ to step back ” as senior members of the royal family and “work to become financially independent.” Before marrying Harry in 2018, the Duchess of Sussex was the American actress known as Meghan Markle. The royal couple has a baby son Archie.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex only met a few years ago - but their whirlwind romance is leading them to a new future.

Their dramatic decision to quit their roles as senior royals and split time between the UK and North America comes after a turbulent year for the couple, which has seen rows over privacy, clashes with relatives and the launch of legal action against the media.

Here is a look at their relationship so far.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry smiling for the camera: Harry and Meghan have taken steps to protect their brand © Getty Harry and Meghan have taken steps to protect their brand

First meeting

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Harry and Meghan have quit as senior royals and revealed they will live between the UK and North America while working to become financially independent. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their announcement in a statement on their official Instagram this evening.

Meghan revealed in an interview in 2017 that she first met Harry in London the year before, during a blind date.

In November 2016, Buckingham Palace confirmed they were dating - and the following month, the first pictures of them together, at the Gielgud Theatre in London, were published.

On 24 September, 2017, Meghan made her first appearance at an official engagement when she attended the opening ceremony of Prince Harry's Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada - although they did not sit together.

The following day, they made their first official public appearance together at the event, where they were seen hand in hand and smiling and laughing, before watching the wheelchair tennis.

a man and a woman in glasses looking at the camera: Sharing a joke at the Invictus Games 2017 in Toronto © Getty Sharing a joke at the Invictus Games 2017 in Toronto

Royal wedding

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Prince Harry , Duke of Sussex and Meghan , Duchess of Sussex, spent Christmas in Canada "This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the

In November 2017, Harry proposed to Meghan and their engagement was announced a few weeks later.

In May 2018 they got married at Windsor Castle where Harry told Meghan "you look amazing" as millions of royal fans around the world watched their fairytale wedding.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle looking at the camera: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile during the ceremony © PA Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile during the ceremony

The duchess walked through the nave of the stunning St George's Chapel on her own, followed by a procession of bridesmaids and pageboys including Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Prince Charles then walked her the rest of the way.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel © Reuters Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel

Royal baby

Rumours started that Meghan was expecting when she turned up to Princess Eugenie's wedding in 2018 wearing a loose-fitting coat.

The news was confirmed shortly afterwards, with the couple said to be "very pleased" with the news.

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Celebrations ahead of the birth included a solo trip to New York City, where the American former actress caught up with friends including stylist Jessica Mulroney and attended an exclusive baby shower, with the private jet journey and penthouse suite, reportedly funded by friends, said to have cost some £300,000.

a person in a car talking on a cell phone: Meghan arrived at Princess Eugenie's wedding in a loose-fitting coat, sparking rumours she was pregnant © Getty Meghan arrived at Princess Eugenie's wedding in a loose-fitting coat, sparking rumours she was pregnant

On May 6 Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is born, weighing 7lb 3oz.

Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie: The duke and duchess pose with the newborn son in May © Getty The duke and duchess pose with the newborn son in May

Privacy issues

The couple kept Archie's birthplace a secret.

They were also criticised for holding his christening in private, barring TV cameras and press photographers - even as the family arrived for the Windsor Castle service.

Prince Harry et al. around each other: Well-wishers gathered in Windsor ahead of baby Archie's christening, which was a private affair © PA Well-wishers gathered in Windsor ahead of baby Archie's christening, which was a private affair

No details were released about his godparents, but some information was given about the gown their son was wearing.

A statement said: "Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years".

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Frogmore Cottage

The duke and duchess ran into controversy when it emerged that the refurbishment of their cottage cost taxpayers £2.4m.

Private jets

In the summer of 2019, Harry and Megan faced criticism for their use of private jets after taking four flights in 11 days, despite speaking out about environmental issues.

Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge posing for a photo: Archie's christening © Other Archie's christening

The Duke of Sussex defended his actions by explaining that he spends "99% of my life" using commercial flights, but occasionally needs to ensure "my family are safe".

Sir Elton John also stuck up for his long-term friend, revealing that he supplied the couple with a private flight to "maintain a high level of much-needed protection".

Suing the media

In early October 2019, Prince Harry issued a statement saying he and Meghan were taking legal action against the Mail on Sunday for the publication of her private letters.

He said his wife had become "one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences".

The duke said a "ruthless campaign" had escalated over the past year, throughout Meghan's pregnancy and while raising their newborn son, Archie.

Elton John wearing a suit and tie: Elton John defended the couple, saying he provided them with use of a private jet © PA Elton John defended the couple, saying he provided them with use of a private jet

Struggles

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In a clear rebuff to Harry and Meghan , the Palace issued a terse statement 90 minutes after they delivered their message Keep up to date using Android and iOS apps for Smartphone and Tablet. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access.

“We intend to step back as ‘ senior ’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support her [Editor notes: Eds: CORRECTS: This story corrects the year that Harry and Meghan were married to 2018. UPDATES: This story adds more comments

In the same month, the Duchess of Sussex claimed her British friends told her not to marry Prince Harry because the tabloid press would "destroy" her life.

Speaking in a TV documentary, Meghan said she never thought being part of the Royal Family would be "easy" - but she says she "thought it would be fair".

She also told presenter Tom Bradby that not many people had asked if she was okay - and she admitted that living in the public eye as a new mother has been a "struggle".

a man holding a baby: Baby Archie is kissed on the forehead by Archbishop Desmond Tutu © Getty Baby Archie is kissed on the forehead by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Royal tours

The programme was filmed during the couple's tour of Africa, their first as a family, when baby Archie was four months old.

Beyonce et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Prince Harry and Meghan met Beyonce and Jay-Z at The Lion King premiere in London © PA Prince Harry and Meghan met Beyonce and Jay-Z at The Lion King premiere in London

In the Nyanga township in Cape Town, the duchess gave a speech to young women who have benefited from an initiative teaching them self-defence and female empowerment.

a man wearing a hat and a body of water: Prince Harry with his son Archie © PA Prince Harry with his son Archie

She addressed her mixed race heritage, telling them: "I want you to know from me, I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister."

She then danced with some of the performers - but it was baby Archie who stole the show, as Archbishop Desmond Tutu planted a tender kiss on his forehead while his mother cradled him in her hands.

But the couple's tour was overshadowed on the penultimate day after the announcement about their decision to sue the Mail on Sunday.

Prince Harry later filed his own proceedings at the High Court, against News Group Newspapers, which owns The Sun and the now-defunct News of The World, and Reach plc, which owns the Daily Mirror, in relation to the alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages.

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Celebrity support

Despite their struggles, the couple have received several public offerings of support from various celebrities.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry are posing for a picture: Harry and Meghan at Canada House © Getty Harry and Meghan at Canada House

Beyonce told them "we love you guys" after meeting them at the European premiere of Disney's The Lion King, alongside her husband, Jay-Z.

American singer Pharrell Williams, who was also in the line-up, praised their "significant" and "beautiful" relationship, with the duchess appearing to add "they (the media) don't make it easy".

While following the alleged racist and sexist treatment she has faced, former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said of Meghan that she wanted to "put my arms around her - oh my God, I want to hug her".

"I just hate it, I see them get attacked and it's not fair," she added.

Rift

Britain's Prince William, left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, second left, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, right, arrive to attend the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP PhotoFrank Augstein) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Britain's Prince William, left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, second left, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, right, arrive to attend the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP PhotoFrank Augstein)

Questioned about an alleged rift with the Duke of Cambridge, Harry said he loved his brother dearly but they were "on different paths" and have "good days" and "bad days" in their relationship.

It was announced the couple and Archie would be spending Christmas with Meghan's mother Doria Ragland rather than with the Queen at Sandringham.

Harry and Meghan later began a six-week break from royal duties to recharge.

Stepping back

Prince Harry and Meghan chose not to spend Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham. Instead, they head off to Canada for an extended holiday for several weeks. Details of their break were kept under wraps but they are believed to have spent time on Vancouver Island. While there, they issued a photo of Harry cuddling baby Archie.

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Following their decision to step back as senior royals , BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said there were "great Towards the end of last year, Prince Harry said he and Meghan were to take legal action against the Mail on Sunday over a claim it unlawfully published one of her private letters.

On their return, they went to Canada House this week to thank the country for their hospitality. It is now clear that while holidaying in Canada, the couple spent time thinking about their future.

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react as they are shown a special exhibition of art by Indigenous Canadian artist Skawennati in the Canada Gallery during their visit to Canada House in London, Britain  January 7, 2020. Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via REUTERS © Thomson Reuters Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react as they are shown a special exhibition of art by Indigenous Canadian artist Skawennati in the Canada Gallery during their visit to Canada House in London, Britain January 7, 2020. Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via REUTERS

A day later, they revealed they intend to step back as "senior" members of the Royal Family and work towards becoming "financially independent", while still continuing to full support Her Majesty The Queen.

They also reveal that they intend to split their time between the UK and North America, while "continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth and our patronages".

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said discussions about them stepping back were "at an early stage".

They said: "We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."

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Taxi driver injured in Drogheda shooting .
The shooting incident happened on the Bridge of Peace in the town.It took place shortly after 6.20pm on the Bridge of Peace in the centre of the town when a number of shots were fired at a taxi.

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