This One Moment Proved Prince Harry Would Marry Meghan Markle

There’s an exact moment in time which proves Prince Harry would marry Meghan Markle. And it came years — that’s right, years — ago. Keep reading to learn which moment we’re referring to in the relationship of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

How they met

First, a little background on the royal couple’s relationship. They started dating in the summer of 2016. The prince and Markle said as much in their first sit-down interview with the BBC following their engagement announcement in November 2017.

They were set up by a mutual friend whose identity still has yet to be confirmed. The culprit is likely to be Prince Harry’s childhood friend, Violet von Westenholz.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Karwai Tang/WireImage

“We were introduced actually by a mutual friend… it was literally…. through her and then we met once and then twice back-to-back two dates in London, last July,” Harry said in his post-engagement BBC interview with Markle.

Shortly after their quickfire round of dates, they traveled together to Botswana where they “camped out under the stars.”

The proposal

The couple recounted their proposal story saying they were having a “cozy night” at Nottingham cottage “trying to roast a chicken.”

“It was so sweet and natural and very romantic,” Markle told the BBC. “He got on one knee.”

Harry added that he thought he caught Markle by surprise, which she confirmed. Markle recounted that she said yes right away. “I could barely let you finish proposing,” Markle told Harry in the interview.

Harry chimed in with a cute anecdote about the ring being an afterthought for Markle. He had to ask her if he could put the ring on her finger after she accepted his proposal.

The wedding

Markle and Prince Harry got married at St. George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle, the royal family’s home away from home, on May 19, 2018.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle |Jane Barlow PA Images / Contributor

People around the world watched as Markle wore a custom Givenchy gown. The ceremony took place on a bright and sunny day in London and ended with the couple taking a carriage ride.

Now the couple is expecting their first child together, Baby Sussex, to be born in late April 2019.

The moment that pointed to marriage

On November 8, 2016, in a surprising move, Prince Harry issued a statement to protect Markle from the “wave of abuse and harassment” she endured after their relationship went public.

The statement went on to discuss “the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”

This marked the first time Harry ever acknowledged any of his girlfriends publicly, which indicated how serious their relationship had become, even early on. Harry felt so inclined to protect Markle showing how much he truly cared for her.