Did Meghan Markle or Prince Harry Say ‘I Love You’ First?

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry have been at the center of many controversies since beginning their historic relationship. With their unprecedented decision to step away from their royal duties in order to live a life better suited to their personalities and less firmly in the spotlight, the pair have definitely reshaped the way that people talk about their marriage. 

As the growing family settles into their new life in America and their new placement in the world of fame, fans are still interested in little tidbits about how it all began. One thing fans might wonder is who said “I love you” first. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have an adorable relationship

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There have been critics of Meghan and Prince Harry from the very beginning of their relationship. It’s undeniable that some of these criticisms have been rooted in racist reactions to Meghan’s racial background.

Setting aside the bigoted response for a moment, though, many fans were absolutely smitten with this couple and their adorable relationship. The pair met through a mutual friend in 2016. At the time, Meghan was an actor on the show Suits, and she went on a blind date with Prince Harry while visiting London.

Each was adorably oblivious to one another’s famous lives. Prince Harry didn’t watch Suits; Meghan didn’t follow the British royal family. Despite their famous backgrounds, they were just two people getting to know one another. 

After their first blind date, they met again at the same restaurant the next night. Their third date definitely upped the ante. Prince Harry flew Meghan to Botswana, and the couple spent five days together. A year and a half later, they were engaged, and their gorgeous wedding took place in May 2018. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex ruffled feathers

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland
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From pretty much the moment the wedding started, it was clear that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not going to be beholden to royal protocol. Meghan was constantly scrutinized for the little ways that she refused to follow the royal rules, and many people praised the couple as progressive thinkers who were challenging outdated norms. The wedding was also full of little moments of PDA that demonstrated just how much this pair truly adored one another. 

Once Baby Archie joined the family, it seemed that there was a shift in the response to the public. Meghan had already faced a lot of cruel headlines and negative attention in her royal role, but the Duke and Duchess seemed less able to tolerate the mistreatment once their son was born.

As the public angrily demanded more and more access to the family, Prince Harry — likely remembering how he tragically lost his own mother in part due to aggressive paparazzi — became even more protective of their privacy. 

Who said ‘I love you’ first? 

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham – Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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Now that the pair has made the shocking decision to step away from royal duties entirely in order to protect their privacy and live their lives the way they want, fans are even more interested in this story tale marriage. Clearly, their love for one another and the family they’re building was enough to give up a guaranteed life of fame and luxury, so it must be made of some very powerful love. 

Speaking of love, a new book about the couple purports to share some details about their earliest days together. As Glamour reports, the couple exchanged “I love you”s just three months into their new relationship.

Who said it first? According to an upcoming book — and the authors say they got it straight from one of Meghan’s close friends — Prince Harry was the first to confess his love. However, Meghan immediately said it back. Shortly after that, the pair started planning their future together.