Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s First Year of Marriage Went Better Than It Seemed

It’s hard to believe that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been married for almost a year. It was clear from the start the pair were truly in love, despite all the hurdles they had to go through.

Now that they have welcomed their first child, and are ready to celebrate their one-year anniversary (May 19), we can’t help but reflect on all they have been through together. From the start, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had our attention. There was just something about the way they looked at each other that made us swoon.

Before they were even married they had a lot of media attention. Most of it was unflattering and many people believed the relationship would end. Few actually believed they would be married, and yet here we are writing about their first year. Here’s why Meghan and Harry’s first year of marriage went better than it seemed.

Meghan’s family drama didn’t ruin the wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

It’s true the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a fairytale wedding, but Markle and the royals had a lot of drama too. The biggest problem leading up to the nuptials was Meghan’s family, specifically her father.

Not too long after the engagement was officially announced, rumors started about her father, Thomas Markle. It all started when tabloids started publishing stories about Meghan and her family. Soon, it was discovered that her father made a deal with paparazzi to get “candid” photos and insider information about the royals and the upcoming wedding.

This did not sit well with Meghan or the royal family. After a lot of back and forth through the media, Meghan stopped talking to her father altogether. He was not at the wedding, and Prince Charles, Harry’s father, walked Meghan to the altar. In the end, the wedding was still beautiful, Meghan officially joined the royal family, and there hasn’t been one day that Meghan and Harry didn’t look happy to be with each other.

The Duke and Duchess renovate their new home

Any married couple will tell you that renovating a home can be a huge stressor on a relationship. Not just because of the mess and clutter during construction, but all the choices can be hard too. In this case, things are likely very different. For starters, they had a lot of help with the renovations. They also don’t have to worry much about money. And, although many couples have to deal with conflicting styles, they probably don’t have too many arguments in this area. They both want a private, beautiful home to raise a family.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were charitable in their first married year

As with all members of the royal family, Meghan has been expected to do her duties. Her job is to represent Queen Elizabeth, and her new country. Since marrying her prince, she has been traveling with Harry, speaking at engagements, and volunteering.

Meghan has made her new job and schedule look easy. This is because she is no stranger to giving back and volunteer work. Before she even met her husband, she spent her free time giving back to her community. Being a strong female role model is nothing new to the Duchess of Sussex.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are growing their family

When an official announcement went out in October 2018, that the Duke and Duchess were expecting their first child, the world turned its attention to the newlyweds. They were on every media channel, magazine cover, and social media nearly exploded.

The young couple has had very little privacy from the day they got engaged, leading to their one-year anniversary. Meghan is not what the U.K. is used to: she’s mixed race, American, and a former actress. This is likely why their relationship, pregnancy, and now child receive worldwide press. Everything about the royal couple seems different and we can’t wait to see what comes next. We have no doubt Meghan and Harry will continue to handle everything in stride.