20 Highlights From Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's First Year of Marriage

Madison Breaux | May 21, 2019 Celebrities
20 Highlights From Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's First Year of Marriage
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A lot can happen in a year, and for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, this is most certainly true. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary on May 19, and in some ways, it still feels like yesterday that these two swapped vows. But no matter how it feels, the fact is that it's already been 12 months since the royal nuptials, and there's absolutely no denying that the Sussexes have accomplished more than most in their first year of marriage. From embarking on their first royal tours together to welcoming a beautiful baby boy, Meghan and Harry have really lived this past year to the fullest ... we've loved every minute of it!

The couple made it clear before they got married that they had a lot they wanted to accomplish right off the bat, but we never would have expected this. Not taking into account all that they accomplished in their personal lives, Meghan and Harry exceeded expectations when it comes to their royal obligations. From patronizing organizations to volunteering for new ones, the Sussexes have made it clear that this first year was just the beginning of so many great things to come.

Seriously, if Meghan and Harry keep going at this rate, they'll be the most productive royal couple in the family's history. We might be biased, but how's that for Meghan's American work ethic, huh? Whatever it is, the Sussexes have certainly lived this past year to the fullest, and probably plan to do so for many years to come.

So, to honor the best year of their lives (and maybe our lives too), here are the top 20 moments from Meghan and Harry's first year as a married couple. And here's to many, many more!

  • The Ultimate Royal Wedding

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    Oh, what a day this was. How both Prince Harry and Prince William managed to have the perfect fairy tale wedding days with their wives is beyond us. Harry and Meghan were positively beaming in all of the photos ... for good reason! 

  • Couple's First Trooping

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    The Trooping the Color ceremony is something of a royal couple rite of passage, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle passed their first one with flying colors (pun intended). This wasn't Harry's first time attending, so he was the perfect support system for his new wife.

  • Bonding With the Family

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    It's hard to avoid public family events when you're hanging with the royals, so it was imperative that Meghan get along swimmingly with the rest of the crew. She seems to be doing just fine, if you ask us. 

  • Prince Louis's Christening

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    For Meghan's first year as a royal, there were quite a few milestones that she got to be a part of. We're sure Harry loved having his wife by his side for all of these special family moments that happened in 2018.

  • Royal PDA

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    If there's one thing we certainly got a lot of this past year with Meghan and Harry, it's adorable PDA. From rare kisses like this to hand-holding, the duke and duchess were not shy about being publicly affectionate with one another.

  • First Trips Together

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    For their first royal tour as a married couple, Meghan and Harry shipped off to Ireland, and the resulting photos were too adorable to handle. 

  • Nothing but Fun

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    It's almost impossible to tell that Meghan and Harry were on official royal business during their cross-country trips. We guess that when you love someone this much, nothing really ever feels like work, right?

  • Keeping Up With the Royal Schedule

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    During their first year of marriage, Prince Harry and Meghan hit the ground running when it comes to their royal engagements. There was no rest for these two newlyweds ... just how Queen Elizabeth likes it, we're sure!

  • First Pregnancy Announcement Appearance

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    Meghan and Harry dropped the baby bomb on the world just before their trip to Australia and New Zealand, and the beaming didn't stop after that. 

  • No Denying This Look

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    That's what they call "gazing into each other's eyes." If this picture could talk, it would say that the honeymoon stage might never end for Meghan and Harry.

  • Quality Beach Time

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    Meghan and Harry's trip Down Under resulted in a lot of A+ photos, but we think this one might take the cake. We all knew that these two had trouble keeping their hands off of each other, but I mean ... just look at this! So sweet.

  • Standing in History

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    Meghan and Harry stood in the same spot where Queen Elizabeth stood when she visited Fiji for the first time, making this picture even more magical. These two are definitely paving their own way in royal history!

  • The Bum Touch

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    It's not a true highlight reel without mentioning the butt touch, right? It's still unclear if Harry actually gave his wife a little bump on the bum, but as far as we're concerned, he definitely did. Can't hide anything from those cameras, guys!

  • Family Charity Events

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    One of the best things about Meghan's first year as a royal is the fact that she got to do some charity work with her own mom. Meghan has always been super close to Doria Ragland, so the fact that she had the opportunity to do her royal volunteer work with her is just all the more special. 

  • First Married Christmas

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    Now, this wasn't Meghan's first Christmas with the royal family, but it was her first Christmas as a member of the royal family. It's a good thing that she had a practice run the year before, right? 

  • Getting Ready for the Baby

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    Ok ... now this is just too adorable. It was so easy to tell that Meghan and Harry were beyond excited for the arrival of their little tot. I mean ... just look at their faces! 

    Pure joy, and nothing else.

  • A Time in Morocco 

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    Harry and Meghan certainly did more traveling during the first year of their marriage than most couples do, but we suppose that's just one of the perks of marrying into the royal family. There's definitely a lot more travel in their future once little Archie is settled.

  • Last Few Appearances

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    Meghan's public appearances started dwindling as she got closer to her due date, but her and Prince Harry certainly made them count. Plus, it was nice seeing Meghan toward the end of her pregnancy -- we sure do love that bump!

  • The First Look

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    Meghan waited a few days after she gave birth to make her first public appearance with her and Harry's new son, Archie Harrison, and believe us when we say that the wait was well worth it. The pictures are too adorable!

  • Meeting the Family

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    Just days after Archie was born, Meghan and Harry introduced him to the rest of his family. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip looked all too excited to meet the new little royal great-grandson! Now, if Archie only knew who he was meeting ... 

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