How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Prove Long-Distance Relationships Can Work

Sure, we’ve become completely accustomed to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being a married couple. But it wasn’t all that long ago that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were a long-distance couple. Like so many couples like them, they had to put in a lot of work to keep the romance alive. But they’re actually a great example of how long-distance relationships can work out.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Their No.1 rule while dating

A big part of what made Harry and Meghan’s relationship work was that they made a point of seeing each other as often as they could. “We never went longer than two weeks without seeing each other, even though we were obviously doing a long-distance relationship,” Prince Harry said in the BBC interview following the couple’s engagement announcement.

Truth be told, many long-distance couples don’t have the luxury of seeing each other quite that often. Heck, it’s amazing Prince Harry and Meghan were able to see each other that often with how busy they both are! But this rule, which is shared by many celebrities, really can work.

How this rule works for everyone

Keep in mind: It isn’t so much about the period of time you and your long-distance S.O. are apart, as it is about having a set date to meet back up. Relationship expert Meredith Golden tells Elite Daily it’s all about getting to countdown to the next time you see your significant other. “Knowing that you’re only X amount of days away from seeing your person makes the time away more bearable and gives you something to look forward to,” she explains.

Can they stick to that rule now?

It’s a fair question given that Meghan now has royal duties and goes to engagements solo. (She also took a trip to Canada by herself over the summer.) But given the duo has mastered being away from each other in the past, there’s little doubt their romance will stay alive if they are apart for an extended period of time.  And as Health.com points out, “when you can’t see each other in the flesh, staying in touch via Skype, phone calls, and texts will reassure you of the strength of your bond.”

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