Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Romance, From A to Z
A: ANMER HALL
B: BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Queen Elizabeth entertained Harry and Meghan at her annual pre-Christmas lunch on Dec. 20—Meghan’s first meeting with the larger royal family.
D: DORIA RAGLAND
“Her mum’s amazing,” Harry told the BBC of Meghan’s yoga-instructor mom. Ragland joined her daughter and Harry in a private box at the closing of the Invictus Games on Sept. 30. “They seemed to be having a jolly nice time,” a guest said.
E: EDWARD VIII
The last royal to marry a divorced American—Wallis Simpson, in 1937. Facing condemnation from both the government and the Church of England, he abdicated. Today those rules have been relaxed, though Meghan is still being baptized into the church.
F: FROGMORE HOUSE
Near Windsor Castle, the magnificent backdrop for the couple’s engagement portraits.
Harry’s 4-year-old nephew is also their neighbor at Kensington Palace, along with William, Kate and Charlotte. Harry is close with the kids, who will play a part when he walks down the aisle. Says a Palace spokesman: “A wedding is a family event. You can expect family involvement.”
“I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly,” he said in November. “It was sort of confirmation to me that all the stars were aligned.”
I: INVICTUS GAMES
The pair took their love public for the first time in Toronto in September at Harry's annual competition for wounded warriors.
J: JESSICA MULRONEY
Meghan’s close friend and a Toronto-based bridal stylist, who has been helping advise on the bride-to-be’s engagement looks.
“She’s been wonderful,” Meghan said of her soon-to-be sister-in-law, who also hails from a nonroyal background.
L: LOS ANGELES
Meghan’s hometown, where she got her start in school plays.
Their wedding date. (Royal history fun fact: It’s also the date Anne Boleyn was beheaded on the orders of her husband, King Henry VIII, in 1536.)
Both the name of the cozy 1,400-sq.-ft. cottage where Meghan and Harry live at Kensington Palace in London and the city where they teamed up for their first royal work day on Dec. 1.
O: ONE YOUNG WORLD
Among Meghan’s key charities in recent years. After her engagement, she said she would be shifting toward youth activism across the Commonwealth in tandem with Harry.
Upon her wedding day, Meghan will officially be known as HRH Princess Henry of Wales. But also, like Kate, she is likely to pick up a duchess title via her new husband.
Q: QUEEN ELIZABETH
“She’s an incredible woman,” Meghan said of the monarch, who has softened royal protocol at 91.
R: RESCUE DOGS
Meghan’s pups Guy and Bogart. Guy moved to the U.K., while Bogart was re-homed with a pal.
S: SANDRINGHAM HOUSE
Meghan will lunch here with the Queen and the rest of the royal family on Christmas.
The couple spent many quiet weekends in the Canadian city while Meghan was filming her USA drama Suits. “We made it work,” Harry said.
U: UNDER THE RADAR
The pair began dating in July 2016 and kept it a secret until the surprise romance made headlines in late October.
V: VIOLET VON WESTENHOLTZ
An upper-crust friend of Harry’s who is reported to be their matchmaker.
W: WINDSOR CASTLE
Where they will wed in St. George’s Chapel.
X: MARKS THE SPOT
…in Nottingham Cottage where Harry went down on one knee. “I could barely let you finish proposing!” Meghan later revealed.
A passion for Meghan—and Harry soon? (He has already stepped up his gym routine.)
One of the countries the couple have visited in Africa, which Harry has called his favorite place on earth.