For the old romantics among us, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are the dream couple. From their wonderful meet-cute right through to their breathtaking wedding ceremony, the span of their whole relationship is nothing short of goals. And now their relationship has culminated in a truly beautiful way - through the birth of the couple's first baby.
The adorable couple met in 2016 through mutual friends and married in May 2018, while the whole world watched. And the wedding certainly didn't disappoint with millions of viewers absolutely enthralled by the spectacle. As you may expect, much of the royal pregnancy has been kept under wraps, but through some careful detective work, we've pieced together the timeline which has led to this gorgeous baby's birth.
Want to know how Harry and Meghan got to this point? We've got their full iconic love story right here. All that's left now is to say a huge congratulations to the new parents!
Keep reading to find out what name Harry and Meghan chose and to see their gorgeous new portraits as a family.
The public have had a long relationship with Prince Harry.
via: Getty ImagesBeing born into the royal family meant he had the spotlight on him pretty much from his birth, in September 1984.
We've seen Harry go through a lot.
via: Getty ImagesHis mother, Princess Diana, died tragically in a car accident in 1997, when Harry was just twelve years old.
Growing up in the spotlight can't have been easy.
via: Getty ImagesBut most agree that Harry has handled it with grace and dignity (a few slight scandals aside). He's known for being a little bit cheeky, but it's clear that he has a heart of gold.
Harry has had a couple of public relationships during his lifetime.
via: ShutterstockBut in 2016, he met actress, Meghan Markle, and things seemed to change for him. He was blown away by the US television star.
Markle was best known for her role in Suits.
via: Getty ImagesIn the US drama, Markle plays a brilliant paralegal named Rachel Zane. Before her high-profile relationship with Harry, this was how the vast majority of the public knew her.
Though some claim that she was always going to be something a little "more" than an actress.This image of the star in her youth, posing for a tourist snap outside her future home, Buckingham Palace, was shared online when Harry and Meghan got together.
The pair met in 2016.
via: Getty ImagesThey were set up by mutual friends, who thought that the two might be a good match. They went public with their relationship in 2017, with one of their first appearances at the Toronto Invictus Games.
The public were struck by the couple's natural chemistry.Whenever they were spotted together, they looked the living image of love's young dream, unable to stop catching each other's eyes and grinning.
And the couple were clearly serious about one another.They announced their engagement in November 2017 in a video that can only be described as "adorable."
As with royal tradition, the pair wed at Westminster Abbey.
via: Getty ImagesThe wedding took place on May 19th 2018, and it was one of the most-watched television events of all time.
As you'd expect, it was filled with adorable moments.One that particularly captured the internet's attention was the moment that Harry lifted Meghan's veil. Many thought that the look between the two was super romantic.
The wedding was the perfect television event.It combined British royalty with a whole host of American celebrities. At what other event would you find Oprah, Tom Hardy, the Beckhams, and Princess Eugenie?
Twitter had some excellent reactions to the big day.
This all started with Meghan’s friend setting her up on a blind date with Prince Harry. My friends are actually useless.— t-yan (@t-yan)1526730966.0
The wedding also touched many hearts.
I know the #RoyalWedding is not for everyone, but we all saw Harry lose his Mum so young, then grow up into this ki… https://t.co/V9A9kLllL4— Richard Osman (@Richard Osman)1526719455.0
Harry has long been a royal favorite.
via: Getty ImagesHe seems to have a down-to-earth, self-deprecating sense of humor which has endeared him to the general public.
He's also incredibly cute with kids.
via: Getty ImagesHarry has a charmingly childlike side, which is shown here as he jokes with his friend, David Henson's, daughter Emily. Which made the announcement of Meghan's pregnancy all the more exciting!
The pregnancy was announced last October.
I really shouldn’t be so excited about a couple I don’t know having a baby but Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are h… https://t.co/Yq4520xqPC— Em Sheldon (@Em Sheldon)1539592588.0
People were excited.
now that meghan markle is pregnant we all need to emotionally prepare ourselves for the Cutest Child In All Of Huma… https://t.co/pYNarkQUhS— emma lord (@emma lord)1539592164.0
Of course, there were some jokes, too.
Prince Harry's kids will be Americans. What if one grows up to be president and is in line for the throne at the sa… https://t.co/WTTLv8OFmZ— Greg Pollowitz (@Greg Pollowitz)1511789024.0
The pair weren't shy about making public appearances.
via: Getty ImagesMeghan and Harry were pictured together many times during Meghan's pregnancy, with the mom-to-be always looking amazingly polished and put-together.
But unlike William and Kate, Megan and Harry decided against the post-birth photoshoot that we're used to seeing after the birth of a royal.In early April, Buckingham Palace released this statement: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby. Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family."
The formal post-birth photocall has been a tradition for forty years.And some people weren't happy about the breaking of this tradition.
Did Meghan and Harry infringe on our "royal rights" by not immediately showing us their baby?The New York Times noted that British tabloid, The Sun, wrote that “Keeping the nation in the dark over details, even after the birth, is a bad look for the royal couple [...] The public has a right to know about the lives of those largely funded by their taxes. You can accept that, or be private citizens. Not both." Yikes.
We think that we can understand their decision.Kate Middleton was criticized pretty badly for her post-birth photocalls. Actress, Kiera Knightly, in an article called 'The Weaker Sex', published in Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies), wrote that Kate put on "The face the world wants to see". “Hide," she continued, "Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging. Look beautiful. Look stylish, don’t show your battleground, Kate…. Don’t show. Don’t tell. Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers."
And Meghan's been criticized by the public much more heavily that Kate ever had been.
Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, arrived in the UK on 21st April.British newspaper, The Sun, quoted a source, saying "Like all mums, Doria wants to be there for her daughter at this seismic event in her life." Too cute!
And on the 26th, we started to get really excited!
And on May 6th, Meghan gave birth!
Buckingham Palace has announced the Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a baby son weighing 7lbs 3oz and mother and child are doing well— Sky News Breaking (@Sky News Breaking)1557150066.0
And here are Harry and Meghan stepping out with their sweet bundle of joy for the first time.
This gorgeous portrait absolutely melts our hearts.
via: InstagramCongratulations to the entire Royal Family!