Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘Honeymoon Period’ Faded Quickly After They Got Married
“The honeymoon’s over,” or so the saying goes. But what happens in a marriage when the honeymoon period never even happens?
For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, that was the unfortunate reality of their circumstances thanks to their elevated status in society. Though the Duke of Sussex is currently sixth in line for the throne and unlikely ever to see it, he’s still an extremely popular member of the British royal family. People are obsessed with following his every move.
Meanwhile, Meghan Markle had a decent following of her own, plus it was a novelty that Prince Harry was marrying such an unlikely person. As a bi-racial American divorcee, Meghan Markle was a unique addition to the royal family, to say the least.
Did it hurt their relationship being thrust so violently into the spotlight? Some royal experts say yes.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle never got to enjoy being married
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex got married on May 19, 2018, and quickly headed out for 2 weeks at an undisclosed location for a literal honeymoon, that much is true. But when it comes to those magical early stages of marriage known as the “honeymoon period,” these two were shortchanged.
It has a lot to do with all the media attention they’ve been receiving. Harry and Meghan are arguably more popular, or at least as popular, as Prince William and Kate Middleton. Prince Harry is not a huge fan of paparazzi and makes no secret of that. But his disdain doesn’t stop relentless photographers from capturing every move the Duke and Duchess of Sussex make. Now that they have a new baby together, the fixation is even more intense.
Meghan Markle fondly remembers the early days of their relationship
There’s proof that things were better between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle before royal followers caught wind of their relationship. “Obviously there have been layers attached to how public it [the relationship] has become after we had a good five, six months almost with just privacy, which was amazing,” Meghan explained.
Prince Harry said that neither of them were prepared for the onslaught of attention that occurred after taking their relationship public. “I did not have any understanding of just what it would be like. I don’t think either of us did,” Meghan said in the interview. “I tried to warn you as much as possible, but I think both of us were totally surprised by the reaction after the first five, six months we had to ourselves,” Prince Harry agreed.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took their ‘honeymoon’ early
There hasn’t been a “normal” moment in the entirety of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship. But if royal fans could point to the best time, it’s undoubtedly those early days that the two spent in Botswana getting to know each other before the media got wind of their budding romance.
This short honeymoon period was brief but crucial. Now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are headed back to Africa and can hopefully rekindle those feelings of happiness and discovery around each other, even if their circumstances are so different now.