Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's romance

The romance between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry began in
The romance between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry began in

HARRY AND MEGHAN'S ROYAL ROMANCE

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2016

JULY

- Harry and Markle first meet when they are set up by a friend on a blind date in London

OCTOBER

- Rumours surface in the media that Harry is "secretly" dating the Canada-based Suits star

NOVEMBER

- Harry confirms his relationship with Markle and asks the public to stop harassing his girlfriend

- Prince William issues his own statement in support of his younger brother

DECEMBER

- Markle and Harry are first photographed by the paparazzi during a stroll in London where they watch a West End show, and later reportedly buy a Christmas tree

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2017

JANUARY

- The pair visit Norway to see the northern lights

- Markle meets Harry's sister-in-law Kate Middleton and her daughter Princess Charlotte

FEBRUARY

- Paparazzi snap Harry and Markle leaving the exclusive members' club Soho House in London

MARCH

- The pair take a trip to Jamaica for the wedding of Harry's friend Tom Inskip

MAY

- Markle attends the reception of Harry's sister-in-law Pippa Middleton after her wedding to James Matthews

- Harry is cheered on by his girlfriend at a polo tournament in England and are photographed for the first time sharing a kiss

AUGUST

- Harry is rumoured to have asked Markle to marry him while on holiday together in Botswana to celebrate her 36th birthday

SEPTEMBER

- Gracing the cover of Vanity Fair, Markle speaks about Prince Harry in an interview published as the magazine's feature story of the month

- In keeping with royal protocol, the pair are photographed seated about 18 chairs apart for the opening of the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada

- The couple are then photographed watching a tennis match between Australia and New Zealand at the Invictus Games

OCTOBER

- Markle's dad Thomas gives Harry his blessings to marry his daughter as an impending engagement announcement looms, according to British tabloids.

- Markle first meets the Queen over afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace with Harry.

NOVEMBER

- Markle reportedly wraps up filming on the US drama Suits

- Pictures emerge of Markle shopping in London, sparking speculation she has moved in with Harry at Kensington Palace

- Speculation about a royal engagement reaches fever pitch when bookmakers stop taking bets on the couple marrying

- Staff at Buckingham and Kensington palaces are reportedly briefed about the couple's engagement and told they will have a non-traditional wedding.

- Buckingham Palace make it official with an announcement of their engagement

DECEMBER

- Kensington Palace announces the wedding for May 19, at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Australian Associated Press